Accommodation And Tourism
Almost 4 million of that figure represents international visitors staying overnight. As a result, direct expenditure has increased 150% over the same timeframe to $864 million.
By 2021, there will be more than 900 extra guest rooms across the city, an increase of 41% on the current supply. A 4.5-star hotel to be operated by a major international chain will be built in the new South Quarter development in the Auto Alley precinct.
Between now and 2036, an extra 518,000 visitors are expected in the City. When completed, an extra 1 million visitors each year are also expected to visit the new Powerhouse Precinct and the new Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences.
Events and entertainment in Parramatta
An estimated 14 million people attend events, concerts and performances at Sydney Olympic Park each year. Out-of-town and interstate visitors are likely to use accommodation services in Parramatta when they attend these events.
In 2018, 260,000 people enjoyed major events and festivals in and around the Parramatta CBD, Parramatta Park and river foreshores. Almost 172,000 people attended shows at the Riverside Theatres.
Cultural heritage sites and tours
Just over 72,500 people visited cultural heritage sites and took tours in 2018-19, an increase of almost 24% since 2014-15. Visitation is heavily influenced by special events and anniversaries. Opening times and the range of tours now available has expanded over that time in response to the increased interest.
Parramatta and Bicentennial Parklands
Almost 2 million people enjoyed Parramatta Park in 2018-19 and 3 million people visited the Bicentennial Parklands. Around 80,000 cyclists made the most of the 35km of bike paths. In Parramatta North, just over 7 hectares of new public open space will be developed, including a new river foreshore park, drawing more visitors to the region and providing a new venue for outdoor events.