Corner store reports its best business activity in 5 years
BYRON Bay has experienced one of its most promising holiday periods in years, according to local business owners, and there's still more to come.
Byron Corner Store owner David Anderson said trade at his Jonson St food outlet had been steady since the September school holidays, avoiding some of the troughs and dips usually experienced after Schoolies or Christmas.
"The build-up from September has been steady - I'd say this is the best season we've experienced in five years," Mr Anderson said.
"The weather has been good, so visitors have stayed on, and we've also seen a broad spectrum of visitors, not only the one demographic."
Mr Anderson's experience was mirrored by members of tourism group VIA Byron (Visitors Industry Association Byron Shire), said VIA Byron president Cameron Arnold.
"The feedback we have had is that restaurants and cafes have seen a much stronger season than previous years," Mr Arnold said.
"And there has been a nice crowd in Byron. The Falls Festival also had a great vibe and there's been a great spin-off into our local villages like Ocean Shores."
While Mr Arnold said visitors had also responded well to the colourful buses operating in town for the council's park and ride trial, a downside has been visitors caught unaware over the council's special event parking restrictions, with some copping hefty fines.
"That leaves a bad taste in the mouth for our visitors," Mr Arnold said. "We will be discussing that impact at our next meeting."