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Woodford Folk, Bluesfest, pick up tourism gongs

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Woodford Folk, Bluesfest, pick up tourism gongs

Major festivals are being lauded for their contribution to tourism. Woodfolk Folk Festival picked up the gold award in the Major Festivals and Events category of the Queensland Tourism awards.

The event draws 15,000 a day over six days (total of 100,000) and injects $21 million into the state economy. Blues On Broadbeach took bronze in the Festivals and Events category.

Bluesfest took Best Regional Event in the 2013 Australian Event Awards in Sydney, up against events such as Blues On Broadbeach and Tasmania’s Ten Days On The Island.

A report by Lawrence Consulting in May showed it added $150.6 million to NSW and $64.1 million to the town of Byron Bay, with 51% of the 85,000 who attended this year coming from interstate.

Bluesfest is also in the Major Festival and Events category for the NSW Tourism Awards on Thursday November 28 in Sydney, up against the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival and the inaugural Deni Blues and Roots.

- Christie Eliezer