Andrew Barr has announced a hefty increase in international tourist numbers coming to Canberra:
Canberra has recorded a 3.7 per cent increase in international visitors for the year ending September 2012.
Tourism Research Australia’s International Visitor Survey (IVS), released today, shows that the ACT welcomed 168,568 international visitors for this period, up from 162,499 for the year ending September 2011.
In comparison, Australia received 5.6 million international visitors, a 3.1 per cent increase for the same period.
There was a 16.5 per cent increase in international visitors coming to Canberra for the purpose of visiting friends and relatives (VFR), a small rise in business visitors (up 1.2 per cent), and a slight increase in holiday/leisure visitors (up 0.7 per cent).
International visitor nights in the ACT also grew by 19.8 per cent, mainly attributable to increases under the holiday/leisure and VFR sectors.
The ACT’s top five international markets for the year ending September 2012 were China (10.9 per cent share), United States of America (10.6 per cent), United Kingdom (9.6 per cent), Singapore/Malaysia/Thailand/ Hong Kong (9.4 per cent) and New Zealand (9.2 per cent).