World famous Military Tattoo to drum up $37m

The sound of bagpipes and drums will ring out across Western Sydney next year, with the NSW Government securing The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in an Australian coup.

The global phenomenon is viewed annually by a television audience of more than 100 million people and promises to provide a major boost to the NSW economy.

State tourism minister Adam Marshall expects the ANZ Stadium event to attract more than 59,000 overnight visitors next October, delivering $37 million in visitor expenditure.

“The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has only toured outside of Scotland a handful of times, so I am delighted the NSW government has secured this international visit exclusively for our Harbour City,” he said.

“The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has a proud history of delivering world class public military events which entertain and inspire people all over the world.”

Destination NSW is kicking goals with its concentration on large-scale events for the state, the tourism organisation’s VIVID Sydney festival winning Best Tourism Event at the Australian Event Awards recently.

“NSW is without doubt Australia’s premier destination for major events and this award demonstrates that the NSW government’s commitment to presenting a world class calendar of major events is paying dividends,” Mr Marshall said.

Minister for veterans affairs David Elliott argues the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a unique opportunity for Australians to experience an iconic military performance.

“I encourage everyone to plan a trip to Sydney next year to see this truly incredible event and support our own Australian military and police bands, which will be part of the show,” Mr Elliott said.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo involves 1,200 performers from Scotland and around the world in a performance that includes a mix of music, ceremony, military tradition, theatre and dance.

The ticket wait list is now open at, with tickets on sale from April 2019.

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