FAST LANE: Regular participant in the superboat champs Conn Saloumieis and his son Con will again compete when the event returns to Coffs Harbour.
FAST LANE: Regular participant in the superboat champs Conn Saloumieis and his son Con will again compete when the event returns to Coffs Harbour. Trevor Veale

Boost to tourism with superboat return

LOCAL tourism is set to get a healthy boost when Coffs Harbour hosts the third round of the 2016 Offshore Superboat Championships.

The official word of the event's return to the Coffs Coast was announced this week and is expected to bring unprecedented crowds when the titles are staged on August 27-28.

The championships are Australia's national series for powerboat racing comprising six rounds and will showcase the best of our region.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres says events play an important role in driving visitation to achieve the State Government's goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.

"In the year ended March 2016, NSW received 28.6 million domestic visitors who stayed 92.1 million nights and spent $16.4 billion," Mr Ayres said.

"These numbers not only reflect...the importance of investing in regional events which are a major contributor the state's overnight visitor economy."

The Coffs Harbour round of the Offshore Superboat Championships is part of the Trans-Tasman Offshore Challenge featuring boats from the New Zealand Powerboat Series.

The event will be screened to broadcast audiences through SBS and Fox Sports in Australia, Sommet Sports in New Zealand, MAV TV in North America and via the Motorsports TV app.

For more, visit www.superboat.com.au.



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