Andrew Barr has proudly announced a 6.1% increase in the numbers of students being trucked through Canberra like cattle in school groups.
Based on data collected from attractions, coach driver and teacher surveys the Report on the Size and Effect of School Excursions to the National Capital 2010 reveals:
— 164,685 students visited Canberra in 2010
— The average spend was $872 per student in 2010 increased, resulting in an estimated $109 million in Gross State Product for the ACT in 2010 compared with $74 million in 2007
— 97.3% of respondents said their visit to the national capital contributed positively to the curriculum, while — 97.2% said it enhanced student’s appreciation of the destination
— Overall satisfaction with the national capital as a school excursion destination remains at high levels (8.95 from a rating out of 10)
— Canberra’s leading attractions have continued to exceed the benchmark for very high satisfaction (identified in a 2008 benchmarking study) on the five occasions that this study has been undertaken since 2002
— Approximately three quarters (73%) of schools visiting the National Capital in 2010 were from country or regional areas. Half of Canberra’s interstate school visitors (50%) came from New South Wales, followed by Victoria (20%) then Queensland (13%) and Western Australia (8%)