TOURISM

The accommodation and tourism sector in the City of Parramatta is thriving. Demand for accommodation is increasing annually. Since 2011, overnight stays have almost doubled to more than 5 million in 2017-18.

Image of a woman and man taking a selfie photograph with a cultural display behind them. The display is a series of pot plants hung from a structure using fluorescent strings
Image of the front of the Mantra Hotel ideally situated in the middle of the CBD within easy walking distances to retail shopping and corporate office space

Accommodation And Tourism

Almost 4 million of that figure represents international visitors staying overnight. As a result, direct expenditure has increased 150% over the same timeframe to $864 million.

By 2021, there will be more than 900 extra guest rooms across the city, an increase of 41% on the current supply. A 4.5-star hotel to be operated by a major international chain will be built in the new South Quarter development in the Auto Alley precinct. 

Between now and 2036, an extra 518,000 visitors are expected in the City. When completed, an extra 1 million visitors each year are also expected to visit the new Powerhouse Precinct and the new Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences. 

Image of the lighted designer archway that spanned over the entry to the Parramatta's 2019 Winterlight Festival
Parramatta Winterlight Festival occurs in July annually

Events and entertainment in Parramatta

An estimated 14 million people attend events, concerts and performances at Sydney Olympic Park each year. Out-of-town and interstate visitors are likely to use accommodation services in Parramatta when they attend these events. 

In 2018, 260,000 people enjoyed major events and festivals in and around the Parramatta CBD, Parramatta Park and river foreshores. Almost 172,000 people attended shows at the Riverside Theatres.
 

Illustrated is a serving plate of Asian culinary delights surrounded by four plates with cutlery. This is symbolic of the tasting activities participants on a Taste Cultural Food Tour would experience.
Taste Cultural Food Tours in Parramatta

Cultural heritage sites and tours

Just over 72,500 people visited cultural heritage sites and took tours in 2018-19, an increase of almost 24% since 2014-15. Visitation is heavily influenced by special events and anniversaries. Opening times and the range of tours now available has expanded over that time in response to the increased interest.

Image of Bicentennial Parklands in Sydney Olympic Park. Illustrated is a tiled pathway with water fountains on either side leading to a monument and lookout tower
Bicentennial Parklands in Sydney Olympic Park

Parramatta and Bicentennial Parklands

Almost 2 million people enjoyed Parramatta Park in 2018-19 and 3 million people visited the Bicentennial Parklands. Around 80,000 cyclists made the most of the 35km of bike paths. In Parramatta North, just over 7 hectares of new public open space will be developed, including a new river foreshore park, drawing more visitors to the region and providing a new venue for outdoor events.