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Eat Streets to Transform Sydney’s Tourist Experience

Release Date: 4/09/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber has described the latest figures from Destination NSW and Tourism Research Australia, as proof that Sydney’s focus on the development of new laneways and ‘eat’ streets is a factor in making Sydney a successful tourist destination.
Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe said, “Sydney has long relied on its natural assets to attract visitors yet the growth in spending on food and wine suggests that Sydney is developing a reputation based on its restaurants.
“Latest figures show that international tourists are spending one fifth of their tourism dollars on food and wine.
“A key strategy to growing tourism is the provision of new facilities and attractions, and the strong public and private sector investment in Sydney’s CBD is opening new possibilities for Sydney to be the food capital of the region.
“An important feature of the Barangaroo South precinct and the facilities being developed at Darling Harbour South is the focus on restaurants and new retail outlets. This combined with existing restaurant hubs such as Chinatown, Crown Street, Circular Quay East and boutique spaces, such as the Star and Angel Lane, is giving Sydney every right to claim the title as a great food destination.
“Tourism Australia’s campaign, which was launched in 2014, to promote Australian food and wine, is clearly a key factor in encouraging the latest increase in tourist spending, as it has been focussed on changing the perception of Australia’s food and wine offering.
“Sydney has long been Australia’s first destination for international travellers, what the latest figures suggest is that Sydney is giving them positive reasons to both stay longer and spend more,” Mrs Forsythe said.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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