INVERELL is abuzz this week with the Joeys Mini World Cup, which kicked off on Sunday and runs until tomorrow.
Inverell Shire mayor Paul Harmon said the economic benefit to the town was fantastic.
“It provides a great boost for the town,” he said.
“There are 48 teams and it certainly is a major event for the whole community. They’re all here for a whole week and they have some down time, which gives them the opportunity to explore the beautiful Inverell shire. The money it puts back into the community is fantastic.”
Cr Harmon said all available accommodation was booked out, with visitors also camped in school halls and the showground.
“Everything is just chockers,” he said.
“The caravan parks are full, with quite a few camping at the showground, so if you’re coming through Inverell on spec and you haven’t got accommodation booked, you’re going to miss out.”
There is also a tent village set up this year.
Inverell tourism and marketing manager Peter Caddey said the competition attracted teams from across the country as well as internationally.
“It’s a sensational event for the town on a tourism basis,” he said.
“The visitors shop at all the businesses and it really benefits the entire community.”
Mr Caddey said the council hadn’t conducted surveys on what the benefits were in monetary terms, but it “would be considerable”.
He said between 4000 and 5000 visitors were expected.
“Visitors include teams, people coming to support them and mums and dads. There are so many different people; it’s amazing,” he said.