Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, today launched the Sydney & NSW Events Calendar to June 2013.
“The establishment of major events is a key pillar in the NSW Government’s plans to help rebuild the economy through tourism. We are committed to securing major sporting and cultural events that appeal to a variety of international, interstate and local audiences,” Mr Souris said.
“Destination NSW continues to work closely with a broad range of industry partners to secure a strong calendar of events for NSW.”
“Since March 2011, more than 27 major sporting and cultural events have been announced for Sydney and Regional NSW, many of which are exclusive to our State.”
“Major events provide a significant economic boost and flow-on benefits to NSW and as such, will contribute to the NSW Government’s target of doubling overnight visitor expenditure in the State by 2020,” Mr Souris said.
Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Chipchase, said the Sydney & NSW Event Calendar showcases the depth and variety of world-class events on offer to residents and visitors to NSW.
“Destination NSW and its industry partners continue to deliver an impressive calendar of events,” Ms Chipchase said.
“From first-run events such as The Addams Family musical to regional favourites such as Tumbafest and Opera in the Paddock, the calendar is jam-packed with exciting events to entertain family, friends and visitors alike,” Ms Chipchase said.
Sydney will host a number of exclusive events and premieres over the coming year including Alexander the Great: 2000 Years of Treasure at the Australian Museum, the Australian Premiere of Legally Blonde the Musical and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
Signature events continue to shine and underpin the event calendar with the return of Opera on Sydney Harbour, thoroughbred racing’s BMW Sydney Carnival and Vivid Sydney and annual Regional NSW events including Deniliquin Ute Muster, Dungog Film Festival and Surfest.