International superstar, Bruno Mars, and the world’s richest turf race, The Everest, have come together for a super Saturday in Sydney which injected millions into the NSW economy.
More than 100,000 punters from across the country donned their suits and stilettos and converged on Royal Randwick for the race that stops the nation, while across the road a 15-time Grammy Award winner was warming up his vocals at the new Allianz Stadium to perform in front of 40,000 fans.
Minister for Tourism Ben Franklin said this weekend showcased Sydney as one of the world’s great event cities and provided a major economic contribution to the State.
“Sydney is renowned for hosting major events that capture the world’s attention and on Saturday we saw our Harbour City shine on a global stage once again,” Mr Franklin said.
“One of the world’s greatest entertainers performed at our new Allianz Stadium straight after the Everest Carnival at the iconic Royal Randwick next door, which shows Sydney is well and truly open for business as one of the premier entertainment and lifestyle destinations on the planet.
“An estimated 30,000 visitors came to Sydney to watch Bruno Mars for his two concerts exclusively at Allianz Stadium, while 130,000 racegoers attended The Everest Carnival, with both events injecting $116 million into the NSW economy, supporting thousands of jobs in our retail, hospitality and tourism sectors.
“Saturday was part of an enviable calendar of major events we have lined up for Sydney and NSW, which will bring millions of visitors into our State and deliver more than $500 million of visitor expenditure to the NSW economy.
“Building a calendar of world-class events is a key pillar in our commitment to make NSW the major events capital and premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific.”
Minister for Racing Kevin Anderson said The Everest and the racing industry are significant employers and contributors to our State’s economy.
“The thoroughbred racing industry employs around 36,000 people but the flow on effects are much greater. People come to town for a day at the races and they spend money at hotels, pubs and restaurants, growing the NSW economy. Congratulations to the Australian Turf Club and all involved for continuing to provide this world class entertainment,” Mr Anderson said.
“Everest Day also plays host to The Kosciuszko, which puts country horses on the map. Racing in in regional NSW has been going from strength to strength with the support of the NSW Government, including the $67 million investment for the upgrade of regional courses.”
Over the coming months visitors to Sydney will experience an events calendar to rival any city in the world, including the T20 World Cup, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Sydney Super Cup, Just For Laughs, Madagascar the Musical, ATP Cup, Sydney Festival, Sydney International Art Series, Sydney Rugby 7s, Sail GP and Sydney WorldPride.
For more information on upcoming events in the Harbour City visit www.sydney.com.