Andrew Barr is celebrating a rise in international visitation:
People from overseas coming to Canberra to see their friends and relatives in the first quarter of this year have contributed to a 9.2 per cent annual increase in international visitors to the nation’s capital.
This compares with a 4.9 per cent increase in international overnight visitation nationally over the same period.
Tourism Research Australia’s latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) reveals there were 177,093 international visitors in the ACT for the year ending March 2013, up from 162,190 the previous year.
This represents Canberra’s strongest year ending March result since 2002 and further demonstrates Canberra’s capacity to grow its international leisure, education and business tourism markets.
The survey also reveals international visitor spend in the ACT for the year ending March 2013 was $388 million, an increase of $45 million on the previous year.
So great, we can stop spending money supporting hotel owners now?
Maybe spend those millions on emergency housing for the people who are already here?