The organisers of Brisbane’s World Science Festival are banking on big turn out this year despite the impact of the coronavirus on international travel.
The fifth edition of the festival is set for late March, with Queensland Science Minister Leeanne Enoch saying she hoped it would give a welcome boost to the state’s tourism figures.
“The recent predictions about some short-term downturns in our tourism market means that this event is going to be really important for all of that,” Enoch said.
“For any large event there’s always concerns about cold and flu season and things like that, but I think what we’ve seen over the last four years, and will see again this year, is the overwhelming support for the festival.”
Queensland Museum chief executive Jim Thomson said the festival “will explore everything from the science of cricket and ballet to volcanoes, climate, artificial intelligence and big data”.
“World Science Festival Brisbane in 2020 looks at the Wonder of Why and will spark endless curiosity and have visitors asking why,” he told the Brisbane Times.
With the festival attracting more than more than 700,000 people over the past four years, it is hoped this year’s expanded regional program will help counter any downturn in the visitors to the main event.