Mountain biking brings thousands of trail-riding enthusiasts to northern Tasmanian town

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Mountain biking brings thousands of trail-riding enthusiasts to northern Tasmanian town

Postby Tequestra » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:07 am

Mountain biking brings thousands of trail-riding enthusiasts to northern Tasmanian town
Landline By Pip Courtney - Posted 55 minutes ago

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Photo: Estimates say the economic impact of mountain biking on the Derby region is between $15 and $18 million dollars. (Facebook: Blue Mountain Derby Bike Trails)

The trail network is being extended 200 kilometres down to the east coast seaside town of St Helens.
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Measuring the impacts and benefits of bicycle trail tourism.

Postby Scintilla » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:01 am

"Council CEO Tim Watson estimates the economic impact of mountain biking on the region is between $15 and $18 million dollars.

"We're talking really high yielding visitors. They are the tourists that you want as there's no limit to what they will spend."

In just a few years Derby, the tiny town that is home base for the trails, has gone from ghost town to boom town. It was on its last legs five years ago."
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-21/w ... ow/9677344

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Re: Measuring the impacts and benefits of bicycle trail tourism.

Postby find_bruce » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:52 pm

Scintilla wrote:"Council CEO Tim Watson estimates the economic impact of mountain biking on the region is between $15 and $18 million dollars.

"We're talking really high yielding visitors. They are the tourists that you want as there's no limit to what they will spend."

In just a few years Derby, the tiny town that is home base for the trails, has gone from ghost town to boom town. It was on its last legs five years ago."
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-21/w ... ow/9677344

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Re: Mountain biking brings thousands of trail-riding enthusiasts to northern Tasmanian town

Postby RonK » Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:45 pm

You can watch the Landline story on ABC iView. This is not just a superficial grab, it's an excellent in-depth story in true Pip Courtney style.

The change in the place is amazing. when I last visited back in 2009 the place was almost dead. I stayed in the two hotels which are mentioned in the story - the Welborough and the Dorset. The Dorset Hotel in particular was unforgettable because the owners reminded me so much of the Munsters. Although I most say the rooms look exactly as they were when I stayed there.

Here's what I wrote about them. Weldborough to Derby: blown away - what a day...

The trail scenes are very inspiring. Maybe it's time for a change of direction to more mountain bike trips instead of touring.
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Re: Mountain biking brings thousands of trail-riding enthusiasts to northern Tasmanian town

Postby lone rider » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:33 pm

Hopefully the Spirit of Tasmania operators have taken note. I found it impossible to plan a trip to get across and back in any kind of week long time frame.

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