The Central Coast’s longstanding reputation as a tourist hotspot shows no signs of abating with the region proving a popular holiday destination for visitors during what was a picture-perfect summer.
Since December, many thousands of visitors from day-trippers to overnight stays, have flocked to the area making the most of everything the Coast has to offer.
There was plenty for them to enjoy with beaches, national parks, walking trails, sporting, events, trips to the theatre or art gallery, and visiting our many tourist attractions on their itinerary.
With more than 5000 people directly employed by the Central Coast tourism industry and many more in supporting local businesses this increased visitation was a welcome boost to many parts of the local economy.
Over a billion dollars was injected into the Central Coast in the year-to-June 2022 with millions more expected as a direct result of the Christmas/New Year period.
Council’s Director of Community and Recreation Services Melanie Smith said visitors and the community enjoyed the events held throughout the summer.
“Almost 40,000 people attended a programmed Council event over Christmas including New Year’s Eve at The Entrance, Australia Day Community Day in Gosford, and a social spaces event across our town centres.
“Council also supported events that were funded externally, 41 businesses got into the spirit of Christmas signing up for the window display competition, while our temporary visitor centre at The Entrance was kept exceptionally busy over Christmas and New Year with more than 100 people a day utilising the service,” said Ms Smith.
Council Administrator, Rik Hart said that the healthy visitation numbers haven’t compromised the focus on eco-tourism and is anticipating that Council’s events program for 2023 will encourage visitors to continue to enjoy the Central Coast.
“There has been a shift in attitude in recent years with people making conscious decisions to travel to more sustainable destinations, and I think this trend is also reflected here on the Central Coast with visitors enjoying our many eco-certified experiences and natural assets,” said Mr Hart.
“Pleasingly this year, we’ve also started to see the return of international visitors which will benefit local businesses and our economy.
“With events such as the Harvest Festival, Central Coast Music Festival, and the Lakes Festival holding a special place in the hearts of the community and visitors who have a passion for those interests, 2023 is shaping up to be an exceptional year for local tourism.”
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