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Biggest ever Bundaberg Cup to boost local economy

01 February 2019

This weekend will mark the biggest ever Bundaberg Cup as a record-breaking 68 teams converge on Wide Bay for the iconic touch football competition.

The largest ever contingent of teams, along with their coaches, support staff, family and friends will compete over the next two days in men’s, women’s and mixed divisions at the Greg Duncan Fields.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Bundaberg Cup would attract teams from across Queensland.

“The Bundaberg Cup has a significant impact on the local tourism industry. We expect to record about 1500 visitor nights in the region over this coming weekend – a great boost to the local economy and tourism industry,” Ms Jones said.

“Having the event in February this year has already proven popular with significantly more teams registering to compete.”

Ms Jones said by attracting visitors to the region the event would support the local economy.

“The Bundaberg Cup was developed as part of the government’s ongoing commitment to supporting the region following Cyclone Oswald in January 2013. Having launched in 2015, it’s still going strong,” she said.

“The Palaszczuk Government supports events that drive visitors to our regions and support local jobs.

“Competitors will not just enjoy the competition while they’re here – they’ll get out and explore Bundaberg and the wider Southern Great Barrier Reef region.

“More visitors mean more tourism jobs for locals. That’s why we’re committed to supporting events like the Bundaberg Cup that give a shot in the arm to the local tourism sector.”

The winning teams this year will receive a share of $20,000 in prizes.

The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland’s major events program and is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar – now worth $800 million to the state’s economy.