WITH the kids back at school and most people back at work, it’s time to reflect on the recent summer holiday season and its impact on local businesses in the Myall.
Locals know full well that the towns of Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest were buzzing over the Christmas period.
And this is why.
“At our peak we worked out we had around 1,800 people in here,” Tracey Moore told News Of The Area.
Tracey and her husband Ken manage the North Coast Holiday Park in Hawks Nest.
“This Christmas, people were a lot happier, the weather was a major factor.”
“We didn’t have any problems with rain, like last year when we were washed out, it was quite devastating,” Tracey said.
And the tourists just kept on coming with around 900 visitors booked into the Park over the Australia Day long weekend.
Tracey and her staff provide each guest with an information pack promoting other local businesses in the area.
“I’ve got menus in there, what restaurants there are, what clothes shops, ferry timetables, tide charts, everything in the local area just to let them know what they can do and where they can go.”
“It’s so important we keep the money in this town,” Tracey said.
The report card from First National Real Estate at Hawks Nest was also very positive.
They manage over a hundred holiday properties.
“It was a really good season, Property Manager, Meredith Verhagen said.
“The first two weeks of the holiday season over Christmas were fully booked.”
Kylie French from Tea Gardens Real Estate echoed the same reaction to the season in regards to their 130 holiday properties.
“It’s been a great holiday period, we had many returns from previous years and plenty of return bookings for next year.”
‘’We’ll continue to be busy till after Easter,” Kylie said.
By Margie TIERNEY