Where will you be spending winter this year?
Will you be one of many nomads traveling through Longreach?
A western Queensland tourism operator says the region's tourism industry will help to protect small town economies from the impact of drought and low commodity prices.
Qantas Founders Museum spokesman Tony Martin at Longreach in the state's central-west says the tourism dollar circulates a lot more than in big regional cities and areas.
"Over 85 per cent of people who visit Queensland's outback actually come through Longreach," he said.
"We experience anywhere between 40,000 and 43,000 people a year."
He says based on 2011 figures, he estimates they inject about $9 million into the local economy each year.
Mr Martin says that is a significant contribution and it is expected to grow.
"We are seeing on average probably two to three nights stay in Longreach, they are spending probably around $100 to $150 per day, per person," he said.
"They need to buy their fuel, there is food, and then there is the experiences that they are having throughout the day - it is a significant spend.
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