Local tourism industry expert predicts shift in preferences for travel post-COVID

Duncan Campbell, owner of Bombah Point Eco Cottages


WITH regional tourism back on since 1 June, it’s no doubt that the Myall can expect to see the return of many loyal visitors.

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The impacts of COVID-19 will still loom for the foreseeable future, and with that, comes an inevitable change in how people will want to travel going forward.

Ian Lyne, resident of Hawks Nest with a decade of experience in the tourism industry, speculated that group travel will become few and far between, with travellers wanting to spend more on self-guided trips or small group tours.

“Take a company like Trafalgar, for example, who are used to filling buses with up to 50 travellers.”

“I just don’t think we’ll see that as much going forward.”

“We’ll see those companies consider bringing that large group number down, or how to cater to the desire for more private getaways.”

“More locally, we might see families opting for a private Airbnb or rental experience on the river, over places such as holiday parks or hotels, which can get busy, especially during the coming summer months.”

Duncan and Suzie Campbell of Bombah Point Eco Cottages, own a private, luxe eco cottage experience surrounded by 100 acres of unspoilt Australian bush.

“Guests have full access to facilities on the 100-acre bush estate,” said Mr Campbell.

“Each of the six on-site eco cottages offer access to a wood fire, spa bath and a hammock on the veranda.

“There are also a lot of activities to do close by and we do have kayaks and bicycles for hire.

“We also have many native animals and plants available to see, and a number of bushwalking tracks that also link to National Park walking tracks.”

Mr Lyne continued, “Places like the eco cottages in Bombah, or some of our other more private local accommodations, may see a rise in inquiry as they’re positioned nicely to cater to this newfound appreciation for more private holidays.”



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