The Tweed is a sports tourism hot spot.
The Tweed is a sports tourism hot spot. Blainey Woodham

Sport tourism brings $9 million to Tweed economy

MORE than $9 million has been contributed to the Tweed economy this year thanks to sports tourism.

Destination Tweed chief executive Bill Tatchell said by the end of the year about 14,000 people will have visited the area to attend state or national sports competitions.

The first full year of Destination Tweed's sports tourism strategy has been an outstanding success," Mr Tatchell said.

"Through our partnership with Sports Marketing Australia, Destination Tweed has contracted six events for the 2013 calendar year, ranging from Hockey Queensland's Under 15 Boys State Championships through to Surf Lifesaving Australia's high profile Kellogg's Nutrigrain Ironman and Ironwoman Series Trials last month.

"One of the biggest events was Netball Queensland's Challenge Carnival in June which involved 151 teams - 147 of which came from outside the Tweed."

The Battle on the Border cycling festival and the twice-yearly Kingscliff Triathlon were also named as economic success stories.

The triathlon alone attracting 1046 competitors and officials and more than 2800 supporters, staying an average of 1.76 nights.

Mr Tatchell was pleased with the work Destination Tweed had done so far and said it would continue to attract new events to the area.

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