Australian Capital Territory Shadow Minister for Tourism Brendan Smyth
Australian Capital Territory Tourism Plummets
Victor P Taffa
|Australian Capital Territory tourism has declined by 16 % highlighting Andrew Barr’s inability to achieve growth in this important industry, Australian Capital Territory Shadow Tourism Minister Brendan Smyth said today.
“According to Tourism Research Australia, the number of tourists to the ACT dropped by 16 % between 2003-04 and 2010-11.” Mr. Smyth said.
“In 2003-04, the total number of visitors to the ACT was 4,013,000, compared to a total of 3,374,000 visitors in 2010-11, showing a substantial decline of around 640,000 people.”
“ACT tourist numbers have dropped across the board, in all three categories of day visitors, overnight visitors and international visitors.”
“ACT Labor Government slashed ACT tourism funding in the 2006 Budget and it is clear that the industry hasn’t recovered.” Mr. Smyth said.
“Despite Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s recent suggestion that tourism numbers are improving, we still aren’t at the 2003 levels. It’s time for this government to stop selectively quoting figures to gloss over the real issues.”
“Andrew Barr is interested in tourism photo opportunities but not in developing long-term strategies which are vital to the ACT’s future tourism viability.
“I call on Andrew Barr to commit to the ACT’s industry through programs which aim to lift these dire tourism numbers.” Mr. Smyth said.
Australian Capital Territory Tourist Statistics
17 April 2012
Courtesy of Tourism Research Australia
ACT Australian Capital Territory