Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAFIK

THE Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic has brought more than tunes to Townsville, with an es­ti­mated $ 5.22 mil­lion boost to the re­gion’s econ­omy.

Now in its 27th year, the AFCM has run over 28,000 nights, with per­form­ers and vis­i­tors re­main­ing in the re­gion over the 10- days to en­joy all it has to of­fer.

AFCM ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Justin Ankus said the event had gone from strength to strength with ap­prox­i­mately 16,500 con­cert at­ten­dees from all over Aus­tralia and from as far afield as Lon­don.

“Where else would you rather be in win­ter than here in Townsville lis­ten­ing to the best mu­si­cians in the world per­form in some unique lo­ca­tions,” he said.

Jam Restau­rant owner Matt Mer­rin who sup­ported the fes­ti­val said it had ben­e­fited his busi­ness and the re­gion.

“We see an in­flux of in­ter­state guests din­ing at Jam through­out the day. The im­pact of the fes­ti­val on my busi­ness is a very pos­i­tive one and we are able to of­fer our young part- time staff more hours which in turn ben­e­fits our econ­omy.”

Gen­eral man­ager of Quest Palmer Street Annabelle Javinez said the AFCM’s guests were ea­ger to ex­plore and spend in the re­gion.

“Fes­ti­val artists and their fam­i­lies stay with us and we have many in­ter­state guests who re­turn each year for the fes­ti­val which cre­ates a won­der­ful at­mos­phere here,” she said.

Tick­ets are sold out for clos­ing night but avail­able for all other re­main­ing con­certs at the Civic The­atre, in­clud­ing the fam­i­lies’ con­cert on Satur­day.

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