High profile match to bring tourist dollars to Stanthorope
WHEN Queensland's premier rugby league competition rolls in to town, not only will it bring Queensland's best players outside of the NRL, it will bring much-needed tourism and retail dollars.
Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce President John Bylicki said the event would be a big economic boost for the town.
"There's no doubt this will be an amazing opportunity for business,' Mr Bylicki said.
"This type of event doesn't come along very often. We need to get as much out of this as we can."
TV crews, QRL and NRL officials, players, coaches and supporters will be in need of food and accommodation for the entire weekend, meaning hotels, motels and restaurants look set to reap the biggest rewards.
The High Street Motor Inn will host the two visiting teams and officials for the weekend.
"We've got the teams staying with us for the weekend and we only have two out of 20 rooms still available," motel manager Shannon Cox said.
"All of the motels in town have been working well together in the lead up to the event.
"It's the excitement of having that style of event in the area.
"We normally get filled with wine tours but to have this game come to Stanthorpe is really exciting.
"The more people that know about the region and what it has to offer, the better."
Speaking at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Friday, Councillor Vic Pennisi highlighted the importance of sport to the wider community.
"I believe supporting sport is one of the core businesses of council," Cr Pennisi said.
"People who don't participate in sport cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year."
Cr Pennisi said sport was one of the main factors people take into account when deciding on a place to live.
"The top two factors when people are deciding the livability of a town are its arts and culture and its sporting facilities," he said.