Time to stay positive
USUALLY bursting at the seams with travellers admiring the creek views and ready to explore the southwest, the Swagsman Motor Inn in Miles has experienced a tough couple of months.
Holiday-makers have been given strict travel orders to stay home to help stop the spread of coronavirus, which meant many businesses in the Western Downs have ground to a halt.
Motor Inn owner Tracy Gillon, said times had been tough since the restrictions were introduced.
“The motel is down 60 per cent occupancy because of the travelling restrictions,” she said.
“Trade was good up until the day it happened, and every time that phone rang it was a cancellation.
“It’s been hard, and everything seemed to stop.
“People ring up now and say, ‘Can I book a room?’ and I ask, ‘How many would you like?’.
“We have heaps of rooms.” However, despite the challenging times, Ms Gillon is looking at the positives.
She was fortunate enough to keep all her staff with some coming over from her sister business, Hotel Australia in Miles, while it was closed.
Even though her bookings are down, she is thankful they have not had a single night with no guests at all.
“I did expect that, but that’s never happened, which is a bonus.”
With the announcement restrictions were easing, Ms Gillon is looking forward to what comes next, but it also hesitant. She has been missing out on guests because there are fewer cars on the road; however, she wants to see roads opened safely.
“I don’t want everything to reopen only for it have to shut again,” she said.
WELCOME RELIEF: After travel restrictions kept clients away, the motor inn is now welcoming inquiries.