Sporting events bringing in dollars to Coast pub tills
HERVEY BAY hotels were the winners from Saturday's Intrust Super Cup at Torquay's Stafford Park, thanks to an increase in patrons on the night.
About twice as many staff were rostered on at the Torquay Hotel to pour post-match drinks and to cater to the rugby players who relaxed there at a private function afterwards.
It was one of the biggest sporting events Hervey Bay has hosted, with up to 3000 spectators attracted.
While a surge in activity was also experienced at the Beach House Hotel, general manager Paul Robins said it was the School Sport Australian Triathlon Championship last week which drew the most money into tills there.
He said more than 220 triathlon participants attended a function there last Wednesday.
"It was extremely busy, staff were rushing around to meet patrons' needs," he said.
With the Pro Bull Riding Tour set for Pialba's Seafront Oval on Saturday and the Tri Fraser Coast next month set to bring more cash in, sporting events on the Fraser Coast are music to publicans' ears.
"It is good for pubs, accommodation services and all business," Mr Robins said.