Mixed reports on visitors in Gunnedah for the 2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival but numbers are generally steady.Gunnedah is claiming ashare of the tourism dollars created byincreased foot traffic at the 2017 TamworthCountry Music Festival.
Festival organisers saidon Sundaynumbers could be up as much as 10 per cent on last year’s first day attendance.
A Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre spokesperson said enquiries spiked around mid-last week andremained steady heading into day five of the festival on Tuesday.
“We haven’t seen as many recently but hotels report their bookings are steady for the next few days,” the spokesperson said.
The centre recorded 810 visitors forthe whole of January last year.As of Monday afternoon, with eight days remainingin January, visitor numbers were 667.
Some Gunnedah camp sites appeared less frequentedthis weekand the usually popular RV caravan camping area on South St was virtually deserted.The lonely few campers leftsaid some visitorsstayed inthe days leading up to the festival but none had arrived since.
But it was a different story across town at the Gunnedah Tourist Park on Henry St.
Manager Cheryl Piefke said numbers were definitely up on this time last year.
“It has been a very busy month,” Cheryl said.
“A lot of them, at least half, are here for the festival.”
Others who base themselves in the Gunnedah district for the festival, choose Lake Keepit as a convenient half-way option. But while some travellers head east to Tamworth for their daily country music fix, others are heading west, way west, all the way to Lightening Ridge.
Gunnedah’s information centre reported anumber of travellers heading in that directionrecently. It follows a29% increase in residential land valuein the opal mining town.
Later this year Gunnedah will host theannual Country Music Musterat the showgrounds.
The five-day musterheld from March 29 will feature artistsBob Easter, Rex Baldwin, Val Williamson Trevor Coombs, Jed and Trudi Hintz and Rob Breese among others.
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