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Accommodation waitlists in Seymour for expo

People are being turned away or placed on accommodatio waitlists after all the facilties have been booked out for the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

JENNA BISHOP February 5, 2014 4:22am

Seymour's Comfort Inn Coach and Bushmans Motel managers Steve and Jan Woodier are completely booked out a year in advance for the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.


People are being turned away from accommodation in Seymour after the town’s facilities have been completely booked out for the upcoming Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

Expo organisers expect more than 40000 people to visit the expo’s 550 exhibitors during the three days in mid-February.

Seymour Comfort Inn Coach and Bushmans motel managers Steve and Jan Woodier said the expo was the busiest time of year for region’s services industry.

Mr Woodier said the motel’s 17 rooms were booked out a year in advance by expo exhibitors and people looking for accommodation had been placed on a waitlist.

‘‘It’s definitely a big boost for the town,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s one of our biggest times of year.’’

Royal Hotel owner Shane Turner said he was also turning away accommodation requests even throughout the year for people wanting to stay in Seymour during the expo.

‘‘I’ve been getting people calling up during the year to come at stay for the expo, but I’m already booked out,’’ he said.

He said the hotel was booked out the year in advance, with many exhibitors staying at the hotel prebooking the next years’ accommodation when checking out.

Mr Turner said the expo brought considerable benefits to the town, with many visitors staying in the hotel usually eating and drinking there as well.

He said in the past nine years, the hotel had been booked out for the expo and was one of the busiest times of year for the establishment.

However, it’s not just Seymour’s accommodation and dining sectors that experience benefits from the expo, with many community groups also reaping the rewards.

Seymour Playgroup Inc secretary Rodger Mansbridge said the group benefitted enormously from subletting their hall during the expo.

‘‘We let our hall with the proceeeds of hiring the hall going back into the development of the space,’’ he said.

‘‘Last year, we were able to concrete around the edge of a play area and in the past, it’s helped buy toys, pencils, textas and paint.’’

The expo also provides an opportunity for the Cancer Council Victoria Seymour group to raise awareness about the important issue of sun safety, with a special educational exhibition.

‘‘It also allows us to sell Cancer Council-approved merchandise and promote the sun safe message of slip, slop, slap, seek and slide,’’ group spokesperson Carol Smith said.

‘‘We’re trying to raise awareness of the sun smart message, especially for families with children.’’

For a preview of this year’s expo and a chance to win a family pass, turn to page 10.

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