Barr points to rosy tourism numbers

Andrew Barr

ANDREW Barr says the ACT has had a major boost to tourism figures, with visitors spending more money in the capital.

“The latest Tourism Research Australia National Visitor Survey (NVS) for the year ending June 2015 shows domestic visitors contributed $1.2 billion to the ACT economy,” Andrew said.

“This is a 13 per cent increase on the previous year and is above the national average of 4 per cent.

“The ACT welcomed 2.04 million visitors for the year ending June 2015, up 1 per cent from the previous year. The visiting friends and relatives sector combined with the holiday visitors sector continue to grow – up 6 per cent compared to the previous year for the number of visitors, and up 16.5 per cent for the number of nights they stayed in the capital.

“The year to June 2015 included several major events in which the ACT Government invested, including the AFC Asian Cup, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, James Turrell: A Retrospective, as well as the Enlighten Festival which incorporated the inaugural Night Noodle Markets, and the Commemoration of the First World War at the Australian War Memorial.”

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