Tourists are getting their bellies filled

HARD AT WORK: Chef Tony Worland has been running Tonic since 2004 and is part of Millthorpe's success as a tourist destination.
HARD AT WORK: Chef Tony Worland has been running Tonic since 2004 and is part of Millthorpe's success as a tourist destination.

Visitor numbers to the central west tourism region have increased by 21.2% over the past 12 months, and it would seem that it’s all about the tucker.

Destination NSW has released statistics for the year ended December 2017, Central NSW received over 2.5 million domestic overnight visitors, and it’s in the category of eating out that is number one in the top five activities.

It’s great to see our united efforts adding value to the local economy.

Scott Ferguson.

Of the 5,641,000 visitors that arrived out our way in 2017, 1,436,000 noted that they were attracted to our produce, restaurants and cafes, closely followed by those visiting their tree-changing friends and relatives with 1,080,000.

Those top two figures were followed by those wanting to have a drink at our pubs, clubs and nightclubs with 631,000, sightseeing with 469,000 and shopping with 367,000.

Blayney shire mayor, Scott Ferguson said council’s partnership with neighbouring councils and regional tourism organisations has boosted visitation to Blayney, bringing new growth opportunities.

“This region has worked collaboratively on the Unearth Campaign, supporting each other and promoting our local events and experiences,” he said. “It’s great to see our united efforts adding value to the local economy.”