Tamworth Country Music Festival 2022: Wave of cancellations ahead of festival amid Omicron hesitation | South Coast Registry


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JUST as the local tourism industry was on the brink of pandemic recovery, it suffered another heavy blow, with a series of cancellations just weeks into the busiest time of the year. Local trailer parks, hotels and motels would normally be reserved for January’s Tamworth Country Music Festival, but the hesitation around the latest COVID-19 variant means some travelers are hitting the pause button. City Lights Caravan Park owner Deborah Norris said visitors canceled reservations last month, but in the past few days the phones have gone silent. “They panicked at first, but now I think they’re waiting for a decision, or if the borders will be closed,” she said. “I really think people are waiting, they are waiting to see how things go with this new variant.” When I ask people why they cancel, some of them say they are not vaccinated – well the answer to this is to get yourself vaccinated if you want to travel. would rather wait until 2023. “Some of them, because they’ve been coming for so long, they’re just transferring their money,” she said. “I can’t refund everyone the money, COVID has been here since entering its third year and people can’t use it as an excuse anymore.” At Tamworth’s Austin Tourist Park, there is also had a handful of cancellations, but capacity is still close before the festival. All powered sites have been reserved. at the park, while very few cabins remain available. Meanwhile, Paradise To Urist Park has been hit with cancellations and Tamworth’s Best Western Sanctuary Inn reported that buses full of people were pulling out. This comes after a wave of venues pulled the pin from their festival events, including the Tamworth Services Club, the Academy of Country Music and more recently the country music festival held at the Barraba RSL Club Despite concerns, many locals like Ms. Norris understand how important the festival is to the local community and are supporting it.



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