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Australian Open the nation’s most popular sporting event
This year’s Australian Open tennis tournament was a smash hit both on and off the court, with Australians rating it well ahead of the Ashes as the nation’s top summer sporting event.
A nation-wide Nielsen poll held exclusively for the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) found that 43% of respondents voted for the Australian Open as one of their top three most anticipated sporting event of the summer, making it considerably more popular than the latest instalment of the legendary Ashes Test series against England (33%).
As Australia and New Zealand prepare for the first Twenty20 international of the season tomorrow, cricket retains a broad and enduring appeal for sports fans with 20% nominating the international one-day and Twenty20 series as one of their favourite events – equalling the Sydney-Hobart yacht race in third place – while 19% opted for the increasingly popular local Big Bash Leagues.
The supporting legs of the Australian tennis season - which include the Brisbane International, Sydney International and Hopman Cup - were next with 16% of votes, just ahead of the Australian Grand Prix (14%) which in turn tipped out the opening round of the V8 Supercar series (13%).
The domestic football season - the A-League, FFA Cup and Asian Champions League - resonated with only 9% of those surveyed, ahead of the Australian legs of the World Surf League (6%), while the Australian international golf season received five% of votes.
TTF Chief Executive Margy Osmond said Australia’s great love affair for our summer sporting calendar showed no signs of abating, commenting “before summer comes to a close, thousands upon thousands of Australians will have packed up the family and headed to one of our iconic sporting stadia, arenas and ovals to experience the excitement of professional sports.
“This is fantastic news for the visitor economy, especially for those major events like the Australian Open that attract interstate and even international visitors.
“The Australian Open is estimated to inject more than $280 million in Victoria’s economy and 50% of the 743,000 attendees are from outside Melbourne – that’s a win-win for everyone from sporting fans to airlines, accommodation and hospitality.”
Images: 2018 Australian Open action (top) and fans at Melbourne Park (below).
29th January 2018 - RECORD ATTENDANCE AT 2018 AUSTRALIAN OPEN
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23rd January 2018 - AUSTRALIAN OPEN FANS TURNED AWAY AFTER BUYING RESALE TICKETS
18th January 2018 - MELBOURNE PARK VENUES MUST BE DESIGNED TO COPE WITH AUSTRALIAN OPEN HEAT
8th January 2018 - REVAMPED MELBOURNE PARK READY FOR 2018 AUSTRALIAN OPEN
3rd January 2018 - SUMMER IN THE CITY BEATS DAYS AT THE BEACH FOR AUSTRALIANS
25th November 2017 - ASHES SERIES TO DELIVER AUSTRALIAN TOURISM BOOST
10th November 2017 - AUSTRALIAN OPEN NAMED BEST INTERNATIONAL SPORTING EVENT AT 2017 SPIA ASIA AWARDS
30th January 2017 - 2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORDS
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