Number of tourists visiting Canberra hits a new high

A cyclist rides their bike near the National Arboretum Canberra. A cyclist rides their bike near the National Arboretum Canberra.

Canberra welcomed a record number of tourists this past financial year, with visitors spending $2.82 billion during their stay.

There were 2.9 million domestic overnight visitors, 2.3 million domestic day trippers, and 266,278 international visitors during the year ending June 2019, Tourism Research Australia Visitor Survey data found.

These 5.5 million visitors spent a total of $2.8 billion during their stay, with domestic overnight visitors spending a record $1.87 billion, domestic day visitors spending $344 million, and international overnight visitors spending $605 million.

The ACT’s tourism and hospitality sector continues to drive jobs growth in the capital. The industry supports 19,300 jobs and contributes more than $2.4 billion to the economy.

The rise in domestic overnight numbers was driven by a record increase in people visiting for holidays and business.

Unprecedented numbers of people coming for holidays and to visit family and friends contributed to international overnight visitor growth.

The increase in international flights to the ACT has also helped drive international tourist numbers, with 14 international flights per week now arriving at Canberra Airport.

The top 10 international visitor markets were:

1. China (20.5 per cent share of market)

2. United Kingdom (8.2 per cent)

3. USA (8.1 per cent)

4. India (7.1 per cent)

5. New Zealand (6.4 per cent)

6. Germany (4.0 per cent)

7. Canada (3.4 per cent)

8. Singapore (3.0 per cent)

9. Taiwan (2.5 per cent)

10. Hong Kong (2.5 per cent)

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