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Blockbusters are good for Tourism. Today’s statement of the bleeding obvious

By johnboy - 21 August 2012 4

Andrew Barr is trumpeting research showing the widely anticipated findings of Tourism Research Australia that blockbuster exhibitions are good for tourism.

Not hard to grasp is it? Events that lots of people turn up to are events that lots of people came for?

The report finds that exhibitions were the main reason for visiting Canberra for 65 per cent of those surveyed. Exhibition visitors spend an average of $314 per visit with Canberra’s attractions and businesses.

“By securing blockbuster exhibitions, Canberra’s world class cultural institutions are creating an enormous boost to the local tourism industry and wider economy. Masterpieces from Paris alone attracted over 470,000 attendees,” Minister Ferguson said.

The bigger point is this justifies the ACT Government paying the big galleries to put the blockbusters on.

It doesn’t explain why the hotels which are the economic beneficiaries can’t pay for these things themselves.

Not ours to reason why.

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Blockbusters are good for Tourism. Today’s statement of the bleeding obvious
helium 11:11 pm 21 Aug 12

cranky said :

Pretty sure the V8 races brought in about 110 thousand bums on seats for ONE weekend in June, three years in a row.

But we don’t like noise, do we.

Something like 30,000 per day, according to Gov figures they spent $4.3 Million

I dont think noise was the issue, just the ongoing high subsidies (from rising cost and falling attendance) and inconvenience as a somewhat stupid place to run a race where some many people work and travel through.

cranky 6:37 pm 21 Aug 12

Pretty sure the V8 races brought in about 110 thousand bums on seats for ONE weekend in June, three years in a row.

But we don’t like noise, do we.

Chop71 3:55 pm 21 Aug 12

WOW, that’s right up there like his 400 seat……

Mr Barr …… you’re not a soap box, you make a Grand Stand of everything

(like every polly really)

p1 2:37 pm 21 Aug 12

It doesn’t explain why the hotels which are the economic beneficiaries can’t pay for these things themselves.

The answer to that is – they don’t have to, the government pays for it.

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