Motel owner gets events business boost



TIM Sullivan is just one of the hundreds of Gladstone region residents who will benefit from an expected $1 million economic shot in the arm this weekend.

Mr Sullivan's Tannum Sands Motel, Palm Valley Motel, is one of the many businesses gearing up for the weekend with a myriad of events on in the region.

``I've got a waiting list for cancellations,'' Mr Sullivan said. ``Whenever someone rings I pass them on to the other motels but they're all booked out as well.''

The ferris-wheel of events starts spinning on Thursday with the Gladstone Show and it's non-stop from then on.

The Observer Boyne-Tannum Hookup is a case of the early worm catches the fish, when the event jets off at 7am on Friday.

The Old Station Fly-In and Air Show, go-Karting and more will be on this weekend. Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited (GAPDL) chief executive officer Danial Rochford said the events could bring more than $1 million to the region.

``Gladstone has a strong tradition of putting on strong events,'' Mr Rochford said. ``Events are important to e conomic development. Events bring a significant level of visitors to the area and that visitation brings increased spending within local shops, accommodation and businesses and that has a multiplying effect within the region.''

His conservative estimate of how much money the events would bring the region was more than $1 million.



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