BUSY START TO 2019: Bruce Garrod from Kingaroy Hotel Motel is happy for a busy start to 2019.
BUSY START TO 2019: Bruce Garrod from Kingaroy Hotel Motel is happy for a busy start to 2019. Claudia Williams

NO VACANCY: Developments create busy 2019 for Burnett hotels

A BOOM in developments across the region is making it increasingly difficult for travellers to book accommodation in Kingaroy.

It's been a busy start to the year for Kingaroy Hotel Motel owner Bruce Garrod, with all 14 rooms at the hotel regularly booked out.

"It has been a good mix of travellers, workers and reps and it does seem to be up on other years," he said.

"It is a flow-on effect because they have dinner and drinks at the motel and I am sure they are spending money elsewhere in town."

Mr Garrod said January and February could be hit and miss but this year has been strong especially with people in town working on the Swickers extension, construction of Bunnings and the wind farm.

The Kingaroy Hotel is not alone, with accommodation booked out across town during the week.

"We are always busy on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and we always have been," Burke and Wills Kingaroy manager Janet Courtney said.

"It was very quiet then and come January it has been very busy. We absolutely love it - the guests and the staff."

Rooms Motel has been busy since Greg Chessum stepped up as manager five weeks ago.

"It is mainly workers and corporate travellers during the week and on the weekends it depends if there are functions on," he said.

South Burnett

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