ANDREW Barr has unveiled new signage to welcome visitors to the nation’s capital on the four arterial roads leading into Canberra.
“The new signs are an impressive welcome statement for visitors coming to Canberra, complementing the new Visitors Centre recently opened at Regatta Point, and are installed as the city counts down to direct international flights by Singapore Airlines between Canberra, Singapore and Wellington – just 37 days away,” Andrew said.
“The new Welcome to Canberra signs feature images that show the variety of experiences available in Canberra including hot air ballooning over Lake Burley Griffin and the National Museum of Australia, bushwalking at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, mountain biking at Stromlo Forest Park and exploring the National Arboretum Canberra.
“Accompanying the Welcome to Canberra signs at each location is a second sign that recognises Canberra’s Sister City relationships with Nara in Japan, Beijing in China, our most recently established relationship with Wellington in New Zealand, and the city’s Friendship City status with Dili in Timor-Leste.
“The four Welcome to Canberra signs – located on the Monaro Highway, Barton Highway, Federal Highway and Pialligo Avenue – are co-funded by the ACT Government and the Federal Government’s Tourism Demand Driving Infrastructure (TDDI). Each sign is 6.2m high x 3.3 m wide.
“The ACT leads the nation in terms of growth in both tourism jobs and Gross State Product, achieving the highest growth out of all Australian states and territories in both, according to the recently released State Tourism Satellite Accounts 2014-15 update.
“Tourism contributes $2.0 billion to the ACT’s economy representing 5.7 per cent of all ACT Gross State Product. There are now 16,400 Canberrans employed in the tourism sector representing 7.8 per cent of all ACT employment making tourism one of the largest private sector employers.”