“The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery.” –via sxsw.com
Today marks SXSW’s 31st year in the business and overtime SXSW has grown in popularity locally, nationally and globally. Here are some quick facts and stats about the conference based off of last year’s 2016 conference and festivals.
-Only 24% of SXSW registrants are from Texas
-22% of SXSW attendees are represented from 101 different countries
-Last year, SXSW registered attendance totaled to 63,212. This does not include attendance of SXSW parties, lounges and free events.
-SXSW contributes $325.3 million both directly and indirectly into Austin’s economy each year
-87% of registrants prefer Facebook as their way of social networking
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