Maclean cashes in on tourists
MACLEAN is one of the most popular daytrip destinations in the Clarence Valley right now and the traders love the attention.
Bev Anderson, from Clovelly Fashions, said many visitors were coming to Maclean, particularly daytrippers from Brooms Head and Yamba.
“There have actually been more visitors than locals coming in and buying,” she said.
“The beach is keeping them off the streets in the morning, but they’re all coming out in the afternoons.”
Spar Supermarket owner and president of the Maclean Chamber of Commerce, Bob Little, said he had noticed an upsurge in tourists shopping.
He said the increased holiday traffic was welcomed by shopkeepers, particularly after reports from many traders that pre-Christmas sales were down.
“People bought different things (at Christmas),” Mr Little said.
“They bought less of the fancy things and were more selective with how they spent their money,” he said.
Sharon Moore, of Toyworld, said pre-Christmas trade seemed to be quieter than 2008.
After closing for a week for a family holiday, Ms Moore said Toyworld was open for business again and trade steady.
“We’re getting lots of big groups through, which has been good,” she said.
The daytrippers and tourists haven’t just been spending up on small goods.
LJ Hooker Maclean office manager Travis McConnell said staff had been flat out with enquiries and inspections.
“We usually get a lot of people coming through town and having a look and then they go home and think about it,” he said.
“They might do something about it in February or March or wait until next year.”
Cathy and Warren Scriven, at the Maclean Riverside Caravan Park, are no strangers to Maclean’s daytrippers.
Their business relies on travellers stopping for a night or two, on their way to somewhere else.
But this year the Scrivens have noticed a different trend.
“This year we seem to have picked up a bit of overflow out of Yamba,” Mrs Scriven said.
“People are telling us that they’re not prepared to pay the price they ask for down there for cabins so they’ve come here instead.”
After a taste of what Maclean has to offer Mrs Scriven said their new customers will be back.
“They’ve all enjoyed it and every one of them has said they’ll be back again next year,” she said.
The beach is keeping them off the streets in the morning, but they’re all coming out in the afternoons.