28 December 2011

Big numbers out of Floriade

| johnboy
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Andrew Barr has shared with the world his highlights from Ernst & Young’s evaluation report of the 2011 Floriade:

• a record $30 million into the ACT economy from interstate and international visitors during their stay – this is an increase of more than $3 million on last year’s results;
• On the Labour Day public holiday over 34,400 people walked through Floriade, beating our 2001 record day attendance by a few hundred up from just over 34,000;
• the second highest overall attendance figure since the introduction of turnstiles in 1999 – 412,024;
• an average of 3.1 nights stay by interstate and international visitors compared with 2.5 nights in 2010;
• a total of 126,957 unique interstate or international visitors who came to Canberra specifically to attend Floriade or extended their stay because of it;
• 97.8 per cent of attendees surveyed were ‘very satisfied’ or ‘somewhat satisfied’ with the event – up from 97.6 per cent in 2010;
• 22,603 total attendance for the rain affected Floriade NightFest – down on the 2010 attendance due to poor weather; and
• 89 per cent of NightFest attendees surveyed were ‘very satisfied’ or ‘somewhat satisfied’ with the event – up from 78 per cent in 2010.

The full report is available online

[Photo from our Hexacopter journey through Floriade this year.

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We must remember this minister floated the idea to move Floriade.
I betcha Labor wants Floriade to eventually move to the Arboretum.
They must fume that such a success was not of Govt making.

I wonder how much of the ACT Govt’s meagre takings from Floriade got spent on that Ernst and Young report. At a guess it’d be all of it, or more.

Time for am audit of the ACT Govt itself methinks.

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