Coffs Harbour's local economy will receive another big injection next year after the NSW Government secured the AFL Masters National Carnival for the city in 2018.
It's the first time the event will return to NSW since 2008 when Coffs Harbour welcomes more than 800 AFL players next year for the eight day event.
After running for more than 30 years, the tournament is the largest mass participation event for AFL players aged 35 years and over.
Destination NSW secured the event for the region.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the event would bring significant economic benefit to local accommodation providers, businesses and tourism attractions.
“The AFL Masters National Carnival will attract around 1200 players, officials and supporters to Coffs Harbour and contribute around $2.7 million to the local visitor economy,” Mr Fraser said.
“The event will provide ample opportunity for visitors to enjoy everything our stunning region has to offer".
"The city recently received a 2017 International Festivals and Events Association World Festival and Event City Award and the addition of the AFL Masters National Carnival further strengthens the region’s position as one of Australia’s leading major events destinations.”
The 2018 AFL Masters National Carnival includes both a men’s and women’s tournament and will run from September 30 to October 6, 2018.