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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

Quarter Domestic International Total
Day Overnight
2003-04        
September 428,000 549,000 39,000 1,016,000
December 537,000 584,000 52,000 1,173,000
March 353,000 492,000 52,000 897,000
June 417,000 479,000 32,000 928,000
Total 1,735,000 2,103,000 175,000 4,013,000
         
2004-05        
September 220,000 429,000 39,000 688,000
December 432,000 487,000 37,000 956,000
March 427,000 523,000 46,000 996,000
June 379,000 479,000 32,000 890,000
Total 1,458,000 1,918,000 154,000 3,530,000
         
2005-06        
September 273,000 577,000 32,000 882,000
December 349,000 425,000 48,000 822,000
March 303,000 450,000 47,000 800,000
June 342,000 554,000 28,000 924,000
Total 1,267,000 2,006,000 155,000 3,428,000
         
2006-07        
September 350,000 457,000 34,000 840,928
December 357,000 446,000 45,000 847,402
March 406,000 504,000 46,000 955,507
June 528,000 476,000 33,000 1,038,163
Total 1,640,000 1,883,000 158,000 3,681,000
         
2007-08        
September 414,000 525,000 40,000 979,000
December 333,000 459,000 46,000 838,000
March 308,000 460,000 46,000 814,000
June 362,000 478,000 29,000 869,000
Total 1,417,000 1,922,000 161,000 3,500,000
         
2008-09        
September 392,000 521,000 39,000 952,000
December 347,000 470,000 43,000 860,000
March 378,000 505,000 46,000 929,000
June 319,000 402,000 31,000 752,000
Total 1,436,000 1,898,000 159,000 3,493,000
         
2009-10        
September 314,000 406,000 32,000 752,000
December 456,000 414,000 46,000 916,000
March 310,000 612,000 46,000 968,000
June 558,000 551,000 29,000 1,138,000
Total 1,638,000 1,983,000 153,000 3,774,000
         
2010-11        
September 361,000 455,000 34,000 850,000
December 386,000 446,000 46,000 878,000
March 368,000 384,000 50,000 802,000
June 374,000 439,000 31,000 844,000
Total 1,489,000 1,724,000 161,000 3,374,000
Sources: www.tra.australia.com, www.tourism.act.gov.au

17 April 2012

 

Courtesy of Tourism Research Australia

Abbreviations:

ACT                Australian Capital Territory

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