Taylor Swift performs as part of the
File photo: Taylor Swift performs as part of the "Eras Tour" at the Tokyo Dome, on Feb. 7, 2024, in Tokyo. Image Credit: AP

As Taylor Swift kicks off her Eras tour in Australia on Friday, Genevieve Mylne will be among a legion of fans providing what's likely to be only a fleeting boost to the economy. The 19-year-old student will spend around A$2,000 ($1,300) on tickets, flights and accommodation to watch the show twice in Melbourne and at least once in Sydney.

"I definitely wouldn't spend this much on any other concert," said Mylne, who's put aside her wages as a gymnastics coach for the spending splurge. "I don't feel that strongly about any other artist."

With seven shows across Australia's two biggest cities from Feb. 16-26, the tour could generate A$1.2 billion in economic value in Melbourne alone, the city's Lord Mayor Sally Capp told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. But with the country's savings rate at the lowest since the end of 2007 and cost-of-living concerns making consumers pessimistic, economists say Swift is likely to bring only a temporary sugar hit.

"The Australian leg of the Eras tour should see a burst of spending on tickets, travel and hospitality, but that's likely to come at a cost elsewhere in the economy," said James McIntyre at Bloomberg Economics. "With households under extreme pressure from higher rates, and the savings rate at a 16-year low, concert-related spending could crowd out purchases in other areas, especially in already weak discretionary sectors."

The influx of fans has seen the cost of flights and accommodation spike, with Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Michele Bullock addressing the topic of "Taylor Swift inflation" in a media conference earlier this month.

"People are deciding what's really important to them," Bullock said. "And clearly for a lot of people Taylor Swift is very important." The governor added her own children had "put money away" for tickets and "forewent other things in order to be able to afford Taylor Swift."

The billionaire singer has made economic waves throughout her record-shattering global tour, in a phenomenon dubbed "Swiftonomics." Bloomberg Economics estimates the megastar, along with a tour from BeyoncA(c) and the "Barbenheimer" films, may have contributed as much as $8.5 billion to US growth in the third quarter of 2023.

Estimates of the economic impact in Australia vary. Destination NSW says the Sydney leg of Swift's tour could generate A$80 million in visitor expenditure during the concert period. KPMG says Swift will help grow the Australian economy, but by only about A$10 million in the March quarter.

The four sellout concerts at Sydney's Accor Stadium will be the "biggest series of major events that we've had" since the city hosted the Olympic Games in 2000, said Kerrie Mather, chief executive officer of site operator Venues NSW. About 35% of the 320,000 fans in Sydney will be traveling from interstate or overseas, she added.

Concerts on such a scale are "huge demand drivers for hotels," said Accommodation Australia CEO Michael Johnson, adding occupancy rates in Melbourne are 20% higher than a year earlier, and 10% higher in Sydney.

Meanwhile, Mylne is flying some 900 kilometers (560 miles) from Sydney to Melbourne for this weekend's shows, armed with more than 80 homemade friendship bracelets to trade with other fans.

"I think this is like the most absurd concert experience I'll ever have," the psychology student said. The experience, "even if it means spending copious amounts of money, is worth it."