04 May 2006 Eumundi celebrates May Market Madness
The Sunshine Coast's largest tourist attraction, the Eumundi Market, is currently celebrating May Market Madness to boost its already significant contribution to the local Maroochy economy.
The month-long celebration will see additional street entertainers such as jugglers and fire-eaters, giveaways and prizes, with the market set to look even more colourful than it normally does.
Division Six Councillor Greg Fahey said the impact the Eumundi Markets has on Maroochy is significant with more than 900 people employed full-time and part-time, contributing an estimated $80 million to our economy.
"An astonishing 75 per cent of all visitors to the markets come from outside the Sunshine Coast region," Cr Fahey said. "Which results in a very positive knock-on effect for other tourism operators.
"The majority of the 67 per cent who stay in commercial accommodation chose to stay in Maroochy which also represents the highest number of local visitors," he said.
Established in 1979, the market is estimated to attract more than 1.25 million visitors per year according to a visitation survey conducted last year.
More than 500 stallholders sell their wares at the Wednesday and Saturday morning markets, with 85 per cent of those residing on the Sunshine Coast and more than half in Maroochy.
The market's remarkable growth from 10 stalls in 1979 to more than 500 today has also had a positive impact on the Eumundi township.
"There are approximately 30 retail businesses in Eumundi of which 79 per cent identified the markets as having a positive impact and many have indicated their businesses would be marginal without the tourism visitation drawn by the twice weekly event," Cr Fahey said.
The whole Eumundi township is supporting the May Market Madness event, on every Wednesday and Saturday mornings throughout the month of May.
Maroochy Shire Council
Eddie De Vere Building
Cnr Currie and Bury Streets
Sunshine Coast only 1300 366 695
Outside Sunshine Coast and mobile phones 5475 8501
fax: 07 5441 8338
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