The Woodford Folk Festival on the Queensland Sunshine Coast has been praised for its impact on the economy.
A report released by Strategic Facts on the tourism value of the festival showed that attendees collectively spent 209,616 visitor nights in Queensland last year contributing $21 million to the Queensland economy.
85% of time was spent at the festival with Australian visitors averaging a spend of $461 and international visitors $910 per person.
“It feels great to contribute to the economy, but for us it’s a value added extra. Our principal goals are cultural and that our programme focuses on cultural outcomes and patron comforts,” Festival Director, Bill Hauritz said.
Moreton Bay Region Mayor, Allan Sutherland, said Woodford Folk Festival’s economic contribution was great news for the region. “The Woodford Folk Festival has confirmed its reputation as the Sunshine State’s premier destination event by remaining fresh and engaging, and it’s based right here in the Moreton Bay Region.”
122,472 patrons attended the Woodford Folk Festival last year. The festival is held on a 500 acre former dairy farm and features 35 performance venues.
The Woodford Folk Festival will be held from December 27 to January 1.
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