Townsville Triathlon Festival to boost the economy and create jobs for locals

Date published: 9 August 2018

Townsville City Council is investing more than $35,000 to support this year’s Townsville Triathlon Festival – which is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the city.

More than 2000 people are expected to compete in the event with about half coming from out of town – bringing along with them their friends and family.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said these big events bring a huge economic boost to our economy and create jobs for locals.

“Half of the people coming to the Tri Fest are visitors from other areas who will stay around 4 nights in Townsville,” Cr Hill said.

“This event is estimated to bring $1.25 million from visitors staying in our hotels, eating at our restaurants and shopping at our local retail stores,”

“Council invests in big events like these to bring people to our City, that’s why it’s important we continue to contribute finically to these events to keep them continuing to run in Townsville,”

The festival runs for 3 days over “The Big Weekend” from August 17 to 19 and features over 11 events including a Olympic distance race which will act as a world age group qualifier.

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Councillor Colleen Doyle said the event caters for all ages and abilities.

“It’s a great race - competing along The Strand in beautiful warm winter conditions up here in Townsville,” Cr Doyle said.

“Competitors love the flat course, the weather and the ability to stay in Townsville spend time and more importantly money in our wonderful city.”

Closures to The Strand and surrounding roads will be between the hours of 5am – 1pm on Saturday August 18 and Sunday August 19.

For further information visit Council's What's On website