Resorts filling up for rally
MANTRA and Peppers resorts on the Tweed Coast are revving up to make the most of the Repco World Rally when it comes to the Tweed in just 57 days, with both resorts already near full for the event.
“Kingscliff (Breakfree Paradiso) and Mantra properties are totally sold out and Peppers and Peppers Bale are around 70 per cent booked for the full week around the event,” said Scott O'Neile, regional sales and marketing manager for the Stella Group.
“The teams and die-hard fans already had their reservations, but since the State Government approved the event, bookings are coming thick and fast and we expect to be at 100 per cent capacity.
“The Salt Village resorts will be the hub for the whole rally, with the teams, drivers and officials based at Mantra, which will act as the headquarters for the event and the media from more than 100 countries booked into Peppers.
“Fans will be able to come down here and see the top drivers walking around.”
The rally, to be broadcast to 180 countries and an anticipated 816 million viewers around the world, is expected to lure thous- ands of domestic and international spectators who have been rushing to buy tickets on booking site Ticketek.
Mr O'Neile said the event will create a mini-boom for the tourism and hospitality industries, which are normally quite during the first week of September.
“I don't think we have really come to terms with just how big this event will be, because they'll all need to eat and drink as well as have somewhere to stay,” he said.
But it is not only the big resorts that will benefit after the Government gave the nod last month to the controversial event to be staged in the Tweed and Kyogle hinterland from September 3 to 6.
Smaller and boutique accommodation providers - like Kingscliff Seaside Guesthouse, which has been fully booked out by an international rally team - are also experiencing a surge in bookings at a time of year when reservations are normally low.
And the flow-on benefit won't stop there, according to Tweed Tourism boss Phil Villiers.
A number of large functions have been booked at Twin Towns and Tweed Ultima during the event.
“You can't pay for this kind of publicity,” he said.
“The rally is planned to come back every second year for 10 years.
“This is the event that could really put the Tweed on the map when it comes to attracting more tourists, especially those from overseas.”