Report Shows Bluesfest’s Contribution To Byron Bay And Beyond -
Peter Noble of Bluesfest - Image By Ros O'Gorman,, photo

Peter Noble - Image By Ros O'Gorman

Report Shows Bluesfest’s Contribution To Byron Bay And Beyond

by Paul Cashmere on May 30, 2013

in News,Noise Pro

An economic report conducted by Lawrence Consulting has shown the positive effect Bluesfest has had on Byron Bay and surrounds.

Peter Noble of Bluesfest - Image By Ros O'Gorman,, photo

Peter Noble of Bluesfest - Image By Ros O'Gorman

The report showed Bluesfest contributed $150,600,000 to the New South Wales economy and $64,100,000 directly to the town of Byron Bay.

“We knew 2013 was a huge year but it was still great to see a boost in both employment positions and income and an increase in our overall contribution to Gross Regional Product from 2011, which was also a bumper year for us,” said festival director Peter Noble.

Bluesfest contributed $10.8 million in wages to Byron Bay, generated 379.3 full time jobs for Byron Shire and contributed 2.1% or $28.4 million of Gross Regional Product (GRP) for the shire.

Of the patrons attending Bluesfest in 2013 51% came from interstate, 19% from Byron Bay and 5% were from overseas.

Bluesfest had 40,607 individual attendees in 2013 who spent $21.4 million on accommodation, food, beverage, retail and attractions in the Byron shire.

Bluesfest 2013 featured Robert Plant, Paul Simon, Santana, Ben Harper, Iggy & The Stooges, Wilco, Zac Brown and Bonnie Raitt.

Bluesfest was held over the Easter Long Weekend from March 28 to April 1. Dates for 2014 are April 17 to 21.

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