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Circus and Physical Theatre experienced a decline of 26.2% in ticket sales revenue from $99.6m in 2015 to $73.4m in 2016 and a decrease in attendance of 13.9% from 0.97m in 2015 to 0.84m in 2016. This category can be variable depending on the presence or absence of major tours by international companies in any given year, particularly Cirque du Soleil.
The decline in revenue and attendance can be primarily attributed to Cirque du Soleil holding less performances in 2016 compared to 2015. In 2016 Cirque du Soleil performed QUIDAM in Hobart and Newcastle, and KOOZA in Sydney and Brisbane. Other major events in this category included Dynamo and Circus 1903.
Positive and negative growth experienced in each state and territory was primarily driven by the presence or absence of performances by Cirque du Soleil. The states that Cirque du Soleil toured to (NSW, Queensland and Tasmania) all experienced significant growth in revenue and attendance, whereas states and territories that Cirque du Soleil did not tour to (Victoria, SA, WA, ACT and NT) all experienced significant declines.