Port Macquarie is abuzz with holidaymakers, despite the wet weather, bringing an economic injection into the area.
Wave Bowl shift manager Marty Ansell believes the Queensland border restrictions have paid off for our area.
The weather has helped the tenpin bowling business.
"With this extraordinary weather we are having, it works in our favour, so to speak," he said.
"It has certainly made a difference - we are booked from open to close."
Studio3espresso owner Chelsea Fuhrer agreed the holiday season had been really busy.
"It has been more of a constant trade than other Christmas periods," she said.
Billabong Zoo, Koala and Wildlife Park owner/director Mark Stone summed up the holiday season as unpredictable.
The zoo experienced two record days at the start of the holidays but wet weather coincided with fewer visitors.
"It's from one extreme to the absolute other," Mr Stone said.
He hopes the community and holidaymakers will support Billabong Zoo, Koala and Wildlife Park during the traditionally quieter periods as the business recovers from COVID-related losses.
Meanwhile, accommodation providers have reported a busy Christmas/new year period.
Oxley Cove Apartments manager Annette Middleton said bookings came in earlier than usual due to border uncertainty.
"Since September, it has been unreal," she said about bookings.
"It's not just us, it's everywhere."
Greater Port Macquarie Tourism Association president Janette Hyde said we had been fortunate tourists had supported our region so well.
"If they're going on holidays, they want to go to a safe area and I think we would be considered a safe area at the moment," she said.
It has been more than eight months since the last confirmed COVID-19 case in the Mid North Coast Local Health District area.
Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce president Michael Mowle said Port Macquarie had experienced a very good holiday season so far.
"There are plenty of visitors still enjoying this fantastic area and this should result in higher trade for all hospitality, tourism and retail businesses," he said.
"Most other businesses have reported a very strong end to 2020 - especially housing and construction where there is a definite influx of people moving to the area."
Mr Mowle believes recent border closures impacted many people's travel plans as many interstate visitors had to return home at fairly short notice.
"Let's hope that the vaccine rollout helps with some certainty and an end to the need for border closures," he said.
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