Hotel occupancies in Queensland are down so far this year, especially in leisure destinations. The Survey of Tourist Accommodation from the state’s Bureau of Statistics shows that Q1 2011 occupancies in Gold Coast are down 4.2 percentage points to 66.9%, while Cairns occupancy sunk to just 52.1%. Hotel occupancies in central were less affected, falling just 0.4 points in the same period. According to John Lee, chief executive of Tourism & Transport Forum, the dip in occupancy reflects the aftermath of January floods, with tourists under the impression the state is underwater. He said domestic travel had also shrunk as Australians head to Indonesia, Fiji and Thailand.