Melbourne and Sydney businesses “Enchanted” by Taylor’s Aussie Era

National Australia Bank
  • Seven concerts across Melbourne and Sydney helps generate more than $300 million for Australian economy.
  • Spend in Sydney CBD between 23-26 February up an estimated $135 million (+20%) compared to the month prior.
  • An estimated $33 million was poured into the Harbour City’s accommodation, hospitality, and tourism sectors.

Taylor fever gripped Sydney-siders last weekend, with an estimated $135 million boost in spending recorded at businesses in Sydney’s inner suburbs across a four-day period (23 to 26 February), new NAB data reveals*.

NAB merchant terminal data shows this is a 20% increase in spend when compared to the month prior, with an estimated $33 million poured into the city’s accommodation, hospitality, and tourism sectors.

The data, provided by Australia’s largest business bank, also reveals businesses around the Sydney CBD were the big winners:

  • General merchandise stores up 117%
  • Accommodation up 72%
  • Bars and pubs up 49%

More than 320,000 ticket holders, and thousands more “Taylor-gaters”, flocked to Sydney’s Olympic Park to witness the US megastar’s glittering stage show.

NAB Executive for Business Metro and Specialised, Julie Rynski said the superstar’s seven-night Aussie extravaganza had enchanted the local economy, offering an incredible economic boost for Melbourne and Sydney’s economies.

“While Taylor declared Melbourne the love of her life after her three nights at the MCG, Sydney certainly made her think twice over the weekend by taking Tay Tay fever to the next level,” Ms Rynski said.

“From hotel rooms to heaving restaurants, merchandise stands to packed pubs, her four Sydney gigs created a buzz in the city not seen since before the pandemic.

“The cultural and economic impact of her seven, sold out, Melbourne and Sydney shows will last long in the collective memory, while businesses across both capital cities can be very thankful for the “Taylor effect”, which has helped spark a late summer spending spree.

“There’s no doubt businesses and consumers have had a difficult last 12 months or so, but despite this, it’s clear people are continuing to carefully evaluate and prioritise their spending on the things or experiences they truly value,” Ms Rynski said.

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