Report to the Community 2010 - Page 15

The Bottom Line Melbourne Festival 2010 delivered record box office returns of $2.79 million, an increase of 0.75% on 2009’s $2.6 million. One of the proudest achievements of the year was the considerable increase in economic impact to Melbourne. The total contribution Melbourne Festival made to Victoria was $39.5 million* (excluding wages, venue hire, advertising et cetera), an incredible result and a substantial improvement on 2009’s figure of $26.8 million (2008 was $18 million). Another major accomplishment was the increase in visitors from regional Victoria, interstate and overseas who, on average, spent an additional $1035 per person during four days in Melbourne, seeing 4.4 shows during their visit, contributing $11,221,329, well up on 2009’s figure of $5,488,221. At the box office, interstate t