BLOCKBUSTER SUMMER OF MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS IN NSW

NSW is the place to be for sports fans this summer, with more than 20 major sporting events across 16 disciplines set to take place in the State over the coming months.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said participants and spectators would converge in Sydney and regional NSW to enjoy the diverse range of world-class events on offer.

“From sailing, cricket and tennis to mountain biking, surfing and water-skiing, there are so many different sporting events on in NSW this summer,” Mr Marshall said.

“The NSW Government is committed to attracting the biggest and best major sporting events to the State as they are a significant driver in helping achieve our goal of reaching $55 billion in overnight visitor expenditure by 2030.

“Since March 2011, more than 680 events have been secured or retained for Sydney and regional NSW, delivering more than $3 billion in visitor expenditure to the State.

“This year alone, overnight visitors to NSW spent a record $30.3 billion in NSW during their stay – a growth of 11 per cent on the previous year.

“This summer’s smorgasbord of sport will kick-start another exciting year of major events in NSW and is another example of how we are continuing to invest in world-class events, ensuring NSW remains the number one destination in the country.”

This summer’s calendar includes blockbusters such as the fourth cricket test between Australia and India, the FAST4 Tennis Showdown, which is exclusive to Sydney, the always-entertaining HSBC Sydney 7s and the Cup of Nations, when the Matildas take on New Zealand.

Regional NSW will also enjoy a host of exciting events, including the Australian Indoor Hockey Championships, Australian Boardriders Battle National Final, the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour and the Australian Ladies Golf Classic.