Business bats for bumper drawcard
AS a renowned cricket commentator would say: "It's all happening here.''
Here is Rockhampton, which today hosts a sitting of Queensland Parliament and day two of Brahman Week.
On Friday our nationally recognised fishing competition, the Rocky Barra Bounty, begins.
Capricorn Tourism general manager Alan Chamberlain said it was hard to gauge the dollar benefit to the city, but said it would be in the multi-millions.
"Things have been busy in Rockhampton for a while now,'' he said.
"Last week we had the tennis (US$25,000 women's Kia Interna- tional at Victoria Park). Rockhampton's Cambridge Hotel manager Tony Fenlon said he was preparing for one of the busiest weeks of the year.
"This is enormous.
"Businesses only have themselves to blame if they're not getting something out of it.''
Mr Fenlon said demand for accommodation and meals had risen. "It's going to be one of the busiest weeks of the year, most definitely.''
Rockhampton's Criterion Hotel manager Ryan Turnbull said the no-vacancy sign had been up for the past three weeks.
The venue has 18 new motel units and 26 long-time rooms.
"They've been 100% full for the past three weeks,'' he said.