Sporting carnivals have brought about 11,000 people and contributed $5.2 million to the Orange economy in the past year, according to figures just released by Orange City Council.
Orange mayor Reg Kidd said that while Orange had a strong reputation as being a wine and food destination a key driver of trade to the city was actually sporting carnivals.
He said Orange had hosted 15 sporting championships in the past year and there were five more with council support coming in the next five months.
The economic boost from sporting events to Orange would be even higher when events including the Orange Running Festival and the campdraft event, which are self-supporting, were accounted for.
The upcoming events with council support start with the 2019 NSW Touch Regionals [junior touch football], on July 13-14.
The action switches to the racetrack on September 20-22 when Orange hosts the Karting NSW Jackpot Series.
The NSW Inter Academy Netball Challenge is in Orange from September 28-30.
The NSW under 13 Indoor Hockey State Championships are in town on November 1-4 with the Mountain Bike Australia State Cross Country Championships on November 16-17.
The sporting competitions so far have included carnivals for cycling including the Newcrest Challenge, netball, indoor hockey, rugby union, mountain biking, cricket, triathlon and water polo.
Cr Kidd said the sporting events had a flow-on effect throughout the local economy as players and officials were often accompanied by family and friends.
"When a family comes to Orange to watch someone compete in a state championship there's a lot of time between games," he said.
"People visit a local cafe or supermarket. They eat out at a hotel or restaurant. They buy petrol or browse at a local boutique retail outlet. It all adds up."
Council sport and recreation committee chair Cr Jason Hamling said the money spent on setting up and recruiting the sporting carnivals was proving a good investment for Orange.
"This financial year it has cost Orange City Council around $83,500 to attract and stage these 15 sporting events," he said.
"It's estimated the flow-on impact to local businesses is worth $5.2 million."
Cr Hamling said the number of major sporting carnivals held in Orange had increased from nine events two years ago to 15 in the last financial year.
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