OPINION: Backpackers help to make us Byron
I GET asked a lot why Byron Bay is such a popular destination.
Aside from the natural beauty and attractions, there is a unique culture in Byron, an “eclectic mix of indulgences”. But what does that mean?
What I can say is that it would not be what it is without the backpacker market.
The vibrancy, colour and culture that the backpackers bring to this small coastal town is an essential ingredient to making it what it is.
It is what they add culturally, economically and socially that is so important.
Culturally they bring the rest of the world to our town – from all corners of the world, the youth of each country will share with us the changes and progress that are taking place in their own countries.
Economically, backpackers spend their hard-earned savings to experience our own culture, attractions and lifestyle.
Even further, those that return or stay after their backpacking trip become an important part of our workforce, or future tourists, returning with their own families to share those experiences.
Socially, the longer they stay, the more contribution they add to our community, becoming an intrinsic component of our society.
Without our attraction too, and the welcoming of the backpacker market, Byron Shire would not be the same place.