This weekend, the Art Gallery of Ballarat will unveil a painting by Hubert von Herkomer, one of England’s best known and fashionable portrait painters of the late 19th century. Mary Hope, pictured, is the daughter of the person on the right. Picture: Lachlan BenceA WHOPPING $750,000 is expected to be pumped into Ballarat’seconomy this weekendthanks to thousands of visitors keen to get a taste of the city’s unique history.
Ballarat Heritage Weekend is also expected to attract up to 10,000, based on last year’s figures.
Ballarat Regional Tourism chief executive officer Noel Dempsey said festivals played a vital part in Ballarat’s economy.
“We can’t underestimate the impact events such as Ballarat Heritage Weekend have on our localeconomy,” Mr Dempsey said.
“Last year, more than 2,700 visitors flocked to our city, staying for the day or overnight and spendingtheir dollars at our local eateries, attractions and hotels.
“Judging by last year’s feedback, we’ll see these visitors again this year and they will likely bring theirfriends and family too.”
Accommodation providers are some of the biggest winner’s in the Ballarat Heritage Weekend festival.
Ansonia on Lydiard manager Angela Lazzo said she only had a handful of rooms left for the weekend.
Craig’s Royal Hotel officemanager Beth Currie said they were also reaching full capacity, and that seats in the hotel’s High Tea experience were also nearly sold out.
“It’s always good for us,” Ms Currie said.
Hotel and Heritage on Lydiard accommodation manager Trevor Smith said he was experiencing a similar boon.
“Heritage Weekend always attracts those who are not only looking to admire Ballarat’s history but tostay in heritage accommodation so The George is always a popular choice with visitors,” hesaid.
This year’s festival has a theme of Ignite Your Curiosity, with highlights including a vintage fashion fair, fashion shows, the best beards competition at the Hop Temple, the Ballarat Tweed Ride and horse and carriage rides.
A free live entertainment schedule will be held throughout the weekend at the Mining Exchange, the Art Gallery of Ballarat and theBallaarat Mechanics’ Institute.
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