The announcement of an extended season of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour for 2015 will help draw visitors to Sydney and drive additional spending in the New South Wales visitor economy, according to peak national industry body Tourism & Transport Forum
Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner has announced an expanded four-week season, featuring Aida, from 27 March to 26 April 2015.
TTF Acting Chief Executive Trent Zimmerman said the event adds another dimension to Sydney’s tourism offering.
“The Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is a real drawcard for Sydney that takes advantage of Sydney’s superb climate and geography,” Mr Zimmerman said.
“It is a unique event which puts Sydney in the global spotlight as a cultural tourism destination.
“It also uses the world’s most photographed building, the Sydney Opera House, as a backdrop to these spectacular al fresco performances.
“Staging the opera outside also allows the producers to do things that simply are not possible within the confines of a theatre.
“The Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is a must-see event that attracts visitors from far and wide, generating spending on travel, hotels, dining and shopping, and helping to support the 160,000 direct tourism jobs across New South Wales.
“Indeed, more than 11,000 people from interstate and overseas have enjoyed the previous years’ productions, delivering more than $20 million to the New South Wales economy.
“It’s also great to note that the 2015 production of Aida marks the first year of a three-year agreement between the New South Wales government and Opera Australia to stage the Opera on Sydney Harbour – congratulations to all concerned.”