Jazz convention has big benefits
THE benefits of hosting the 66th Australian Jazz Convention in Bundaberg last week are set to resonate well into the future.
As the musicians and delegates packed up at the end of a musical week, rough estimates were that the convention had injected about $2 million into the city's economy.
But Bundaberg Regional Council Community and Arts spokeswoman Judy Peters said the benefits to the city would go on.
"It was a great showcase of all that was local," she said.
"People were going away with brochures about the attractions of the region."
Cr Peters said there was an international side to the visitors to the Bundaberg region.
"We had people from the UK, South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand, from all around Australia and a busload up from Noosa," she said.
Cr Peters said many of the visitors savoured the attractions of the Bundaberg region.
Some visitors from WA took the chance to visit Bargara so they could swim in the sea off the east coast, and others went to Mon Repos.
"We did rum tours, and people attending the festival took the opportunity to visit some of the attractions in the area."
She said Bundaberg Ginger Beer also proved very popular with some of the visitors.
Cr Peters said it would be good if the city could attract more events like the jazz convention.
"While some visitors were aware of the floods, the people I drove around got the chance to get a bit of perspective," she said.
Cr Peters said more than 400 delegates and musicians visited the city for the convention, and at a rough estimate of $100 a day in spending money each would have been a valuable addition to Bundaberg's holiday traffic.
"While they played until midnight, they and their partners were going out to the city's restaurants for meals and coffee," she said.
Cr Peters said the convention also gave local people an exposure to some great jazz.
"It was extremely well received by the delegates and musicians and the large numbers of local people who came out to hear the music," she said.
"The street parade was very well received, and many locals could not believe these musicians had not played together before, but just put on an impromptu show," she said.
Cr Peters said most of the performances were packed out.
"For the blackboard events on Wednesday night you couldn't have squeezed another half dozen people in there," she said.