WATCH: Are sporting carnivals our key to economic success?
SPORTING tourism could be the shot in the arm Rockhampton's economy needs.
Robin Adams, owner of The Stirling Rockhampton, would certainly like to see more events hosted in the region with two major carnivals this week filling his business to the brim.
The Queensland Independent Secondary Schools (QISS) Rugby League Confraternity Shield and the QISS Netball Carnival run until Friday and have seen more than 1500 players compete.
"This is something special," Robin said.
"Not only have we got our rooms booked out, but we've got two or three children per room so it's made us a lot busier.
"When I drive home late at night I notice the ice cream shop, the little take away place are all full so it's great for Rockhampton."
Capitalising on sports carnivals is something Rockhampton Regional Council is also pushing for, yesterday agreeing to host the 2017 Northern University Games pending support from Livingstone Shire Council.
Rockhampton Hockey could also host national and international competitions once a second synthetic turf is constructed after all levels of government offered funding support.
Robin sees Rockhampton as the perfect spot for sporting carnivals, with good facilities, great weather and the perfect central location.
He said knowing sporting carnivals were regular events throughout the year would ease the burden of quiet times for small businesses.
"The big events got to the capital cities a lot, or they go to Townsville," Robin said.
"Rockhampton should have more. The more sport we can have here the better for our economy and the better for the local small businesses.
"I'd love to see sport every weekend, how good would that be?"
The boost to businesses from a flood of sporting tourists has come at the perfect time for Ribs and Rumps manager Rishi Bansal.
Australia's Olympic cycling team ate at the Victoria Pde venue last night, which Rishi said had been busy all week.
"If one of the restaurants is booked out it means they're doing something better than us, but in this case all the restaurants around the Victoria Pde area are booked out," he said.
"Without these people it is a dead town and hard to survive in these difficult economic times.
"This boost brings in a lot of customers."
Rishi said he would "absolutely" support more sporting events in the Beef Capital.
Broncos CEO Paul White spoke about the success of the two carnivals during a visit to the region this week.
He said mum and dad supporters were a big part of the carnival.
"I think the carnival has been a wonderful success and terrific for the Rockhampton economy which I love because its rugby league and the power this game can do," he said.
"What makes it a special carnival, it's not just the playing, the parents travel too and a sense of communities coming together.
"It is just a really special event and a unique one."