We have also received very troubling news this week from families coming to Hervey Bay for the Junior State Cup touch football tournament in July.
It has already been a difficult year for the competition with tournament organisers having difficulty finding accommodation for teams because of higher accommodation occupancy levels due to strong drive tourism and the conversion of some properties to permanent rental.
On top of this Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour has received a direct approach about alleged price gouging by some accommodation providers, with late arriving families being forced to pay $2500-$3500 for a four-night stay.
A petition is being organised among parents to move the carnival to another region. This would be a disaster for the Fraser Coast as the tournament brings about 7000 people to the region, injecting at least $2m into the local economy.
All accommodation operators take advantage of supply and demand opportunities, but this needs to be put into perspective for the many young families coming for this tournament. There is a real risk that a few operators with very short term thinking will cruel the opportunity for the majority – and the region will lose out.