Tourist numbers on rise in Tweed

THE Tweed Tourism Industry is open for business.

Despite the region escaping flood and cyclone disasters, it has been hard to shake off the perception northern New South Wales is either under water or destroyed.

The terrible events that hit Queensland, and slipped across the border into New South Wales earlier this year have impacted greatly on the tourism industry.

Destination Tweed general manager Phil Villiers said recent warm weather and sunshine had attracted large numbers of tourists to the region.

“Unfortunately we got caught up in the media coverage of these disasters and people thought we were also under water,” Mr Villiers said.

“At the moment tourism is back and we had over a thousand people here last week for the warm weather.

"All of our tourism attractions are open for business.”

Queensland Tourism Minister Jan Jarrett says the myth that tourism regions are not up and running for holiday business must be debunked.

“I’ve been travelling up and down the state from Cairns to the Gold Coast, and it is not just open for business, it was never closed,” she said.

“Of course some areas were affected but they are quickly bouncing back.”

The Tweed Daily News will bring readers a variety of regional travel temptations and local deals in the next seven weeks in our Saturday Detours section.

All you have to do is go out and enjoy.



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