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Sydney set to stun this summer

2nd December 2014 Print

Millions of people are expected to visit Sydney this summer to soak up the sunny days, balmy nights and exciting calendar of events. According to the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, Sydney typically welcomes around 15 million visitors between October and March each year. The 2014-15 season will be no exception, as the iconic city is estimated to attract approximately 17 million regional, interstate and international visitors.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Troy Grant said: “Last year Sydney welcomed 16 million visitors between October and March, up around 9% on the previous year. These visitors stayed more than 48 million nights, adding $8 billion to the NSW economy.

“Summer in Sydney will once again give every visitor something to enjoy - from our beautiful beaches, fantastic food and wine, great shopping and of course our major events and festivals. With over 20 Sydney events supported by Destination NSW, covering everything from sports, arts, entertainment and lifestyle, there's plenty to choose from.”

Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase, commented: “Sports fanatics, art lovers, bargain shoppers, beach goers, and festival fans are all covered this Summer with an exciting range of events taking place all over Sydney. The Extreme Sailing Series, Tropfest, Australia Day, the AACTA Awards, Hurley Australian Open of Surfing, the ICCC Cricket World Cup, AFC Asian Cup, Sydney International Art Series and Dirty Dancing are just some of the events that will be in town, and I'm sure will be enjoyed by local and visiting audiences.

“Our new timelapse video, Summer in Sydney, demonstrates in a flash that it's all about getting outdoors, enjoying the warm weather, and checking out new restaurants and attractions all over the city. Whether you catch a ferry to Manly for a day on the water, treat yourself to a seaplane ride to the Northern Beaches, or enjoy a family picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens, there is truly something special for everyone during a Sydney Summer and we encourage you to come and make the most of this vibrant season.”

View and share the new Destination NSW Summer in Sydney video here: with #ilovesydney.

A new timelapse video released today captures a slice of Sydney in Summer action -

For more information about things to see and do in Sydney, visit

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Sydney Summer Events supported by Destination NSW between December 2014 – February 2015 include:

Electronic Music Conference, 2-4 December 2014

Sydney NRMA 500, 5-7 December 2014

Tropfest, 7 December 2014

Extreme Sailing Series, 11-14 December 2014

Sydney Festival, 8-26 January 2015

AFC Asian Cup, 10-31 January 2015

Dirty Dancing, until 11 January 2015

Apia International, 11-17 January 2015

2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series, 16-18 January 2015

The Big Issue Street Football Festival, 17-24 January 2015 

Australian Theatre Forum, 20-23 January 2015

Australian Boardriders Battle, 24-25 January 2015

Australia Day, 26 January 2015

Yabun, 26 January 2015

AACTA Awards, 29 January 2015

Hurley Australian Open of Surfing, 7-15 February 2015

Australian Surfing Awards, 12 February 2015

Bowl-A-Rama Bondi, 17-22 February 2015 

ICC Cricket World Cup, 27 February 2015

Sydney International Art Series - Chuck Close: Prints, Processes and Collaboration, November 2014 – March 2015

Sydney International Art Series - Pop to Popism, November – March 2015

For a full list of events in Sydney go to

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