The economic impact of the Birdsville Races

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Conference publication

Publication details

Buultjens, J & Cairncross, G 2014, 'The economic impact of the Birdsville Races', in PM Chien (ed.), Tourism and hospitality in the contemporary world: trends, changes & complexity: Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE), Brisbane, Qld., 10-13 February, School of Tourism, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld., pp. 110-118. ISBN: 9780987050755

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Events and festivals can provide substantial benefits to host communities however they can also result in costs unless properly managed. In order to manage an event, organisers need to have a good understanding of the needs and behaviours of visitors. This paper provides the results from a self-completion questionnaire of visitors administered at the Birdsville Races over two days resulting in a total of 221 useable responses covering approximately 773 people. It is clear a relatively large majority of visitors would not have visited Birdsville had it not been for the Races and that they spend a substantial amount of money while in the town.