In a move aimed at attracting more people to the area, the Australian government has released a survey that has revealed that visitors to the country’s outdoor entertainment hub are not happy about the number of bars, restaurants and cinemas they are spending time in.
The survey, commissioned by the Australian Outdoor Entertainment Association, found that visitors were unhappy with the amount of entertainment they were getting at the major outdoor events, with the majority of people saying they were not enjoying themselves.
The survey found that almost a third of people said they were having too many drinks at outdoor events (35%), while almost half of those surveyed (46%) said they had not been at an outdoor event in the past year.
The poll also found that people were unhappy at the number and quality of the outdoor entertainment they are getting at outdoor venues (22%).
Only around a third (32%) of people surveyed were satisfied with the quality of their outdoor entertainment experience, while the majority (59%) said that outdoor venues were ‘not offering enough value’.
A number of factors have come into play with the number, quality and number of events being attended at outdoor entertainment centres, the survey found.
The majority of respondents said they did not want to attend an event they felt was not appropriate for their age group or that they were ‘at risk’ of missing the event due to safety concerns.
The report found that the majority, 56%, of people polled said that the number one problem they faced was ‘overcrowding’ at outdoor facilities.’
Overcrowded outdoor venues are a real concern and a major factor in our survey finding, with a third finding it a ‘major concern’,’ the report said.
‘Overcapacity has also been identified as a major problem and the majority believes that we need to consider options to address this problem.’
A number people cited issues such as overcrowding at outdoor venue due to inadequate space, lack of space to accommodate smaller groups, and not having sufficient security for smaller groups.’
The survey also found many people were ‘very concerned’ about the safety of the facilities they were attending.
More than half of people (55%) said the safety issues they faced when attending outdoor events were ‘a real concern’, with the vast majority (70%) stating that they would rather be at home or in their car than attending an outdoor venue.’
We’re aware of the issues around safety and we’re aware that the problem of overcrowding is a real issue for many people,’ the company said in a statement.
But most of those polled (58%) were happy to travel for outdoor events to visit friends and family.’
If you are going to have an outdoor wedding, you might as well have your friends and relatives at your wedding too, and that’s great, but we understand it’s also a great time to be out and about, too,’ the survey said.