Holidaymakers hoping to spend this 12 months’s Christmas on Rottnest Island acquired a impolite shock this morning after the island’s website skilled a technical difficulty, leading to a queue working into the 1000’s.
Desperate travellers had been pressured to take a seat in prolonged queues on the website this morning as they scrambled to snag one of many wanted accommodation venues for the busiest time of the 12 months.
Frustrated traveller Andrew Pollard took to Twitter to vent concerning the points.
“Spectacular #fail with @RottnestIsland booking system. Queue is paused due to high demand. It’s the 21st century so surely you would be prepared for this?” he mentioned.
A spokesperson from Rottnest Island Authority confirmed there was a “small issue at the entry point” leading to a 30-minute outage on this primary morning of the bookings going stay, inflicting the lengthy queues.
The drawback was shortly mounted and the queue, which at 9.10am this morning was at 2812 folks, was by 10am down to simply 30 folks.
The spokesperson added that there was at all times a excessive demand for Christmas accommodation on the island, and this 12 months is not any exception.
The Rottnest Island website has an extended historical past of crashing throughout excessive demand intervals.
In 2019, main technical points resulted in a number of outages, leaving guests queueing for hours.
“I’ve spent more than an hour and a half trying to book for a holiday 18 months away!” fumed one traveller on the time.
Intermittent restrictions on interstate journey and the lack to journey abroad have nevertheless resulted in statewide shortages in vacation accommodation.
In Broome native companies are reporting extraordinarily excessive ranges of bookings.
Seashells Broome lodge basic supervisor Deb Williams mentioned they had been absolutely booked.
“The last couple of months have been way busier than usual and we’re very full from now all the way to the end of school holidays in October,” she mentioned.