Ingenia Holidays Rivershore in Diddillibah is positive about the future as coronavirus restrictions begin to ease. Lilliana Zelinski-Rutland, 10, and Tabitha Zelinski-Rutland, 7, take a swim in the pool at the resort. Photo: Warren Lynam
Ingenia Holidays Rivershore in Diddillibah is positive about the future as coronavirus restrictions begin to ease. Lilliana Zelinski-Rutland, 10, and Tabitha Zelinski-Rutland, 7, take a swim in the pool at the resort. Photo: Warren Lynam

Resort making a comeback with major booking spike

ACCOMMODATION providers on the Sunshine Coast are preparing to resurrect after a devastating period for businesses as travel restrictions begin to ease.

Ingenia Holidays Rivershore was forced to cease almost all operations at the Diddillibah resort due to the non-essential travel ban, with virus regulations crushing a number of industries.

Yet resort manager Shane Sutton said since the State Government’s announcement allowing recreational travel in its second stage of new restrictions, the business had recorded a major spike in bookings from June 12.

Staff had received more than 130 bookings for the following month so far, with customer inquiries increasing 10-fold between May and June.

Seth Fox, 5, and Luana Fox, 7, take a ride around the park at Rivershore. Photo: Warren Lynam
Seth Fox, 5, and Luana Fox, 7, take a ride around the park at Rivershore. Photo: Warren Lynam

“We’re getting a lot of calls back from people who have stayed with us many times,” he said.

“We are very popular with returned guests here.

“It’s looking great for us and I think that will be the same for across the board on the Coast.”

Mr Sutton said Rivershore’s onsite restaurant Driftwood had also adapted well to the change by offering a takeaway service to customers.

“At the beginning, we were a bit worried about it,” he said.

“We really changed the way we did things and had to close everything down.”

“Now we’re seeing more than 200 orders a day on a busy day, so it’s been great for us.”

Kids enjoying the slide at Rivershore. Photo: Warren Lynam
Kids enjoying the slide at Rivershore. Photo: Warren Lynam

Businesses and customers alike working together after restrictions are lifted is the key to ensuring the tourism industry will survive in the region, Mr Sutton says.

“I think there’s obviously a need for it to all come back, but now we’ll have to change the way we look at things and operate,” he said.

“We’ll really benefit from people not being able to travel internationally, and I think it’s really good that people, even in these hard times, become more patriotic.

“We really want to invest in our country and invest in its future so I think it’s going to be great for us.”