Mona Foma delivers ‘welcome boost’ to Launceston

Aqua Luma by Robin Fox at Cataract Gorge, in Launceston, at Mona Foma 2021.

This year’s Mona Foma has wrapped in Launceston with city leaders calling it a “welcome boost” despite the challenges of holding an event restricted by Covid.

The organisers opted to go ahead with the event this year with a hyper local focus as border restrictions limited interstate visitor access.

Speaking to The Examiner, Launceston Chamber of Commerce chief executive David Peach said Mona Foma was “a great event” just from an economic perspective.

“Anything like Mona Foma is a welcome boost,” he said.

While the festival normally attracts global acts and both interstate and international visitors, Visit Northern Tasmania chief executive Chris Griffin said the festival was nonetheless “a positive start” to the year.

“These are bright lights and lights at the end of the tunnel in terms of being able to host major events and being able to enjoy them, but there is still work to be done yet,” he told The Examniner.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the event always “brings an enormous buzz” to the city which benefits the wider hospitality and tourism sector.

“While we’ve seen plenty of smaller events kicking back into gear recently, it’s great to see larger events finding success as well,” he told The Examiner.