IT'S something we have known in Gympie for a long time, but now its official, the Muster is one of Queensland's major events.
Tourism and Events Queensland yesterday gave the Gympie Music Muster and Woodford Folk Festival official major event status.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey made the announcement, saying major events status was deserving recognition for the Muster.
Glenn Smith, chairman of the Gympie Muster board, said it was great news for the event and that the new status came with $150,000 of funding.
He said the money would be used to promote the Muster nationally and internationally.
The Muster hierarchy was already making the most of the funds working with the New Zealand government and businesses to promote the event across the 'Ditch'.
Mr Smith said they were partnering with Air New Zealand and travel agents to fly Kiwi Muster fans to the event.
"We want to land planes at the Sunnie Coast to bring them direct to the Muster," Mr Smith said.
"It is very positive news and it is wonderful to be finally recognised as a major event to Queensland.
"I would really like to thank the minister for her help."
He said the Muster is worth $5million each year to the Gympie region and $10million to Queensland Tourism.
The event has raised more than $14.5million for charity.
Mrs Stuckey said the State Government, through TEQ, recognises the Muster plays an important role in driving economic and social benefits to the region, helping to attract visitors and showcase the state.
"Since its inception in 1982, the Music Muster has grown into a significant event for the Gympie region and is now a four-day celebration of country music held in August.
"The event attracts visitors from overseas and across Australia with top international and Australian musicians, artists and entertainers."
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