Results Are In for the AWBF Survey

Results Are In for the AWBF Survey

We mentioned in our June update that the results were in for the post-festival survey completed by 786 festival-goers, answering an extensive questionnaire so that we can better understand who comes to the festival, where they are from, how long they stay and what they value most about the event. This kind of data is essential for us to plan the festival’s future and to demonstrate to our partners, sponsors and supporters the value of the largest wooden boat gathering in the Southern Hemisphere.

There are some interesting trends emerging, since we first began the survey with the 2013 event. Estimated attendance (215,000) is steady, with fluctuations mostly attributable to weather, and the number of boats (490) and volunteers (435) stable over the last three festivals. What has changed is the percentage of our audience travelling from interstate and overseas to attend the event. Continue reading “Results Are In for the AWBF Survey”

Top Shot – Photography at AWBF

Top Shot

(photo by Doug Thost)

Photography has always been a big part of the AWBF. At every Australian Wooden Boat Festival, there are hundreds of lenses trained on the boats, the people, the entertainment and the gangs of friends enjoying the social weekend of the year. Our trained and dedicated crew of accredited festival photographers capture thousands of beautiful images all over the site and on the water, too. That collection of images becomes a library that we mine for the next two years to illustrate our publications, answer media requests, populate our on-line collections and generally recall what a wonderful event it was. Continue reading “Top Shot – Photography at AWBF”

Thanks, That’s Very Kind of You

AWBF Chairman Steve Knight and Volunteers Manager Liz Lord accept award from Lord Mayor Sue Hickey

It’s the season for the Tasmanian Tourism Awards and the Australian Tourism Awards that follow them, and we’ll be sure to put in a submission.  We think it’s important to recognise the tremendous effort that our boat owners – Tasmanians, inter-staters and and a handful from overseas – put in to preparing their boats and bringing them all the way to Hobart for the biggest wooden boat festival in the country.  We’re also grateful for the thousands of hours of purely volunteer labour that go into producing the Australian Wooden Boat Festival once every two years, and keeping it entirely free to the public.  So winning awards is important to us and we haven’t done too badly in the past. Continue reading “Thanks, That’s Very Kind of You”