$5m art tourism boon

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Entertainment -

Re­sults from May’s Mar­garet River Re­gion Open Stu­dios ex­hi­bi­tion has shown al­most 25 per cent of all at­ten­dees vis­ited the re­gion just for the event.

The MRROS com­mit­tee also said an es­ti­mated $5 mil­lion was pumped into the Capes econ­omy through spend­ing at cafes and winer­ies dur­ing their vis­its.

MRROS chair­man Bill Cas­tle­den said tar­get­ing Perth vis­i­tors paid off this year, with wider pro­mo­tion boost­ing the on­go­ing suc­cess of the arts fes­ti­val.

“We had the largest num­ber of artists ever regis­tered, the most amount of vis­i­tors recorded and a 30 per cent in­crease in art sales for artists,” he said. About 33,500 peo­ple at­tended artists’ open stu­dios in May, up 8500 from last year.

Or­gan­is­ers said 52 per cent of vis­i­tors were Capes res­i­dents, 42 per cent were in­trastate vis­i­tors and about 6 per cent came from in­ter­state or over­seas.

The fig­ures co­in­cided with news WA’s in­ter­state and lo­cal visi­ta­tion rates had plunged from June 2016.

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