Splendour crowds to descend on the Tweed
TWEED Coast accommodation houses will enjoy an influx of visitors in the lead- up to the Splendour in the Grass music festival which kicks off at Yelgun on Friday.
Accommodation closer to the North Byron Parklands venue is already predominantly sold out.
Big 4 North Star holiday parks marketing co-ordinator Lisa Collier said the Hastings Point site was nearly packed and Splendour gave a welcome boost to business during the colder, quieter months.
"We are quite busy and only have a couple of sites left," she said.
"Winter is quite a challenging time to fill on the coast so it's a fantastic event to have in the area."
Ms Collier said the sharp increase in reservations suggested the vast majority of those staying at the park this weekend were festival-goers.
Destination Tweed CEO Bill Tatchell said it was promising to see punters look to the Tweed for their stay during the festival.
Mr Tatchell believed Splendour would bring some economic benefits to the Tweed.
"North Byron Parklands is smack bang in the middle of Tweed and Byron," Mr Tatchell said.
"For a lot of people it will be easier and simpler to stay in the Tweed."
He said the challenge for retailers, cafes and restaurants would be to encourage the visitors to spend money in Tweed beyond their accommodation.
He was positive some of the punters would be inspired to return to the region for future holidays.
"For a lot of the people that come this is an opportunity to see the rest of the Tweed and hopefully they'll come back," he said.
As many as 30,000 music lovers are expected to flock to the festival. Traffic is likely to be heavy at peak times during the festival, especially tomorrow and Monday, as campers arrive at, and leave, the site.