Yet evidence points to other longer-running hostels suffering occupancy drops recently and margins being squeezed on massive tour package discounts.
The rest of Queensland’s tourist sector this summer also forms a mixed picture.
Visitors are increasing at Gold Coast theme parks, and areas close to discount airline operations appear strong. But occupancy rates at five-star hotels have been down and travellers might be spending less in some places.
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Tourists, meanwhile, are praising the Great Barrier Reef and the friendliness of locals. Yet gripes emerge about bed-bugs, bad tours and even parking hassles.