Splendour in the Grass benefits bypass the Tweed
THIS year's Splendour in the Grass has missed the mark for Tweed's tourism industry, with few economic benefits flowing into local businesses.
Despite a relationship between Destination Tweed and festival organizers, the event's first year at North Byron Parklands saw little money flow into local businesses.
Destination Tweed CEO Bill Tatchell says a slow start was expected as the festival establishes itself in the new location.
Mr Tatchell says the real difference should be seen next year.
"It's important to realize this is a quiet time of year," Mr Tatchell said.
"By setting prices realistically, Tweed businesses have drawn buses of people to them."
"As Splendour is not in the heart of Byron anymore, Tweed operations can take advantage."
Local businesses near the North Byron Parklands say they missed out on spikes in business as bus services bypassed local towns.
Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Executive Manager Richard Adams says only 80 festival-goers visited their seven parks.
"The best thing that came from it was the comments from patrons," Mr Adams said.
"They commented on the fact the parks were close to the festival and much cheaper than the places in Byron."
Mr Adams was pleased with the bus services running between the festival and surrounding suburbs.
"The bus service is a great idea, because it takes pressure off the parking and reduces the number of cars on the road."
Burringbar General Store Owner Jim Davidson says no punters took advantage of the free overnight camping at Burringbar Park, despite high accommodation prices in the Byron Shire.
"We saw about half a dozen people from the festival," Mr Davidson said.
"It would be better if there was a bus running between Splendour and Burringbar."
Crabbes Creek General Store owner Alan Vincent says limited bus routes meant his business didn't benefit from the festival.
"We didn't have as much business as we expected," Mr Vincent said.
"We saw some people who were working at the festival beforehand, but we didn't get much from it at all," Mr Vincent said.
Mr Vincent says festival campers were restricted to bus-accessible towns, due to a policy preventing them from using their cars during the event.
Bill Tatchell agrees delayed and limited bus services affected Tweed's potential to draw in tourism over the weekend.
"What we want is more public transport infrastructure," Mr Tatchell said.