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Relocation Will Ensure Film Festival Success

Release Date: 15/08/2016
The Sydney Business Chamber said the decision to relocate Tropfest, the largest short film festival in the world, to Parramatta Park is a win for Western Sydney residents and a fantastic opportunity for business.
Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, David Borger said, “The relocation of Tropfest to the Parramatta Park site in 2017 is another step in putting Western Sydney on the map as a major cultural hub.
“In 2015, the Sydney Business Chamber and the Councils of Parramatta, Penrith and Liverpool commissioned a report which clearly demonstrated that spending on cultural arts had not kept pace with population growth in Western Sydney.
“The Deloitte report showed that in terms of performance art venues, Western Sydney hosted approximately two performance arts seats per 1,000 residents, compared to 15 in Eastern Sydney. Tropfest’s relocation will help address this imbalance.
Tropfest at Parramatta Park will be a success because of its location; the Park is within close proximity to public transport and the Parramatta CBD.
“The relocation of Tropfest to Parramatta will add further to Parramatta’s growing visitor economy which has already seen a 37 per cent increase in visitor numbers over the last four years.
“In 2013, Tropfest attracted a record 95,000 people at Centennial Park which, if emulated in Parramatta, will see the local night time economy thrive so local retailers should start planning now.
“People who don’t live in Western Sydney can still go to Tropfest and take advantage of the building boom in Parramatta where at least five hotels are under construction or being planned for the area, including the city’s first five-star hotel.
“Locating Tropfest in Parramatta is a good business decision for the festival given Western Sydney's population is more than 2.2 million and is projected to grow faster than Sydney’s East,” said Mr Borger.
Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262 Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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