Andrew Barr is celebrating a rise in international visitation to our fair city:
The number of international visitors coming to Canberra continues to rise strongly, according to new figures issued by Tourism Research Australia.
For the year ending June 2013, the ACT recorded a 10.4 per cent annual increase in international visitation.
The ACT’s result compares with a 5.1 per cent increase nationally over the same period.
It is estimated that international visitors to Canberra spent $376 million in the city, an increase of $30 million on the previous year.
The research by Tourism Research Australia also revealed:
— The ACT’s market share of international visitors was 3.1% in the year ending June 2013, up from 3.0% for the year ending June 2012;
— International visitors to Canberra stayed for a total of 4.77 million nights in the year ending June 2013, up 13.3% from the year ending June 2012 (4.21 million); and
— The first 6 months of Canberra’s Centenary year has seen international visitor numbers increase by 22.9% compared to the same period last year.