VIS­I­TORS IN­FLUX WEL­COME

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMIT SMITH

THE State La­bor con­fer­ence brought nearly 400 del­e­gates to the city and in­jected cash into the lo­cal econ­omy.

Townsville En­ter­prise chief ex­ec­u­tive Pa­tri­cia O’Cal­laghan said ac­cord­ing to Tourism Re­search Aus­tralia, each con­fer­ence vis­i­tor brings in $ 403 per night.

That’s com­pared to $ 254 for events vis­i­tors.

“Vis­i­tors who come in for con­ven­tions tend to spend fur­ther money on hos­pi­tal­ity and re­tail,” Ms O’Cal­laghan said.

“The fact that over the week­end there was a num­ber of events, the feed­back from op­er­a­tors was that the whole range of events was re­ally pos­i­tive across the board.”

Events at the week­end in­cluded the Townsville Cup, Strand Ephemera and the Aus­tralia Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic.

Ms O’Cal­laghan said the next ma­jor con­fer­ence com­ing to Townsville would be the Aus­tralasi­aPa­cific Ex­ten­sion Net­work con­fer­ence in Septem­ber, bring­ing 400 peo­ple to Townsville.

In Oc­to­ber the In­sti­tute of Pub­lic Works En­gi­neer­ing Aus­trala­sia Queens­land con­fer­ence will bring more than 160 peo­ple to town.

“Any ma­jor con­fer­ence that is com­ing to Townsville has a pos­i­tive im­pact on our busi­ness com­mu­nity and our broader com­mu­nity,” she said.

“They can spend on ac­com­mo­da­tion, as well as hos­pi­tal­ity and re­tail.”

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