Holiday parks reap benefits of yuletide spirit

THE festive season in the Northern Rivers is indeed the season to be jolly as our caravan park operators report full house signs going up across the region as the summer holiday crowd lands.
From Lismore, Ballina, Lennox Head and Evans Head the news is bright and cheerful with the park’s van and tent sites jammed for Christmas, New Year, and through into January 2009.
 Lake Ainsworth Holiday park manager Debbie Smith said they had just two powered sites available earlier this week after the bulk of holidaymakers arrived last weekend.
Its unpowered tent sites are completely booked out from December 27.
“It will definitely be a great season,” said Ms Smith. “It will be standing room only in a couple of days.”
Ms Smith said a large percentage, perhaps 75per cent, were regulars – repeat bookings from previous years.
Ballina Shire Council business coordinator Scott Taylor said its four parks, including Lake Ainsworth, Shaws Bay and Ballina Central, would be booked solid, although the tent park at Flat Rock had some empty sites that would soon fill. “It’s looking very good for us again this season,” he said.
Mr Taylor estimated that as many as 95 per cent of bookings were repeat seasonal that gave the parks “a solid booking base” with many coming from South East Queensland.
Stephen Weekes, the owner of Road Runner Caravan Park in Lismore, was ecstatic his park was booked out into February.
He said sports events, the Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve dance party, and the jazz festival are all great for business.
“As of December 26 we are booked out,” he said.
 “I have owned the park 11 years and Lismore is generally pretty good.
“There are a lot of repeat bookings.”
“Lismore has a lot of events, the cricket and baseball, and we couldn’t ask for anything more.”
The Silver Sands Holiday Park at Evans Head reported it was ‘absolutely’ full this week and is booked solid through January.

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