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Centenary celebrations draw a crowd

Visitors to the National Gallery of Australia look at the work Caudieux during Toulouse Lautrec exhibition in April.

Visitors to the National Gallery of Australia look at the work Caudieux during Toulouse Lautrec exhibition in April. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Canberra's centenary celebrations delivered a big boost to tourist numbers, according to figures released by the ACT government.

A Tourism Research Australia survey found the number of people from interstate visiting the ACT for an overnight holiday in the March quarter increased by more than 50 per cent on the same time last year.

The ACT recorded nearly a 17 per cent increase in domestic overnight visitors for the quarter, by far the largest increase in tourists of all the states and territories.

But it still had the second fewest such visitors, ahead only of the Northern Territory.

In the period ending March 2013, the ACT hosted 2,031,000 domestic overnight visitors, a nearly 9 per cent increase on the previous year, and the average length of stay was three nights, up from 2.7.

The ACT government said there was little doubt Canberra's centenary events were responsible for the big boost in tourist numbers.

It pointed to the Toulouse-Lautrec blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, the one-day international cricket match at Manuka Oval and the events around Canberra's Big Birthday Weekend as major drawcards.

5 comments

  • Really - How do they actually arrive at these precise figure of 2,031,000 domestic overnight visitors in three months?

    Now if they spent on an average $100 each (which is low but my head is starting to hurt at the amount of money that came into the ACT) that is a huge injection into the ACT - WOW.

    Now a better question would be -

    "Can these people tell us how much was spent by all these vistors in the March quarter and where did it go?"

    I have often wondered - "How do they measure them?"

    That is approx 677,000 per month - Where do most of them stay, and were there enough hotel beds to cope with this influx? Hmmmmmmmm

    Now if these figure are true or very close to the correct number, imagine how many more vistors we could have if there was better parking arrangements at the venues. Poor parking arrangements will finally kill Canberra as a tourist destination.

    Commenter
    Tc
    Date and time
    June 17, 2013, 9:08AM
    • 677OOO PER MONTH = 22500+ PER NIGHT, show me the money.

      Commenter
      FUDGER
      Date and time
      June 17, 2013, 3:33PM
  • The ACT government said there was little doubt Canberra's centenary events were responsible for the big boost in tourist numbers.

    'RUBBISH'

    Commenter
    OLD DOG
    Date and time
    June 17, 2013, 12:58PM
    • To add to my previous comment, who can believe any alleged figures of politicians or their yes sir no sir beauracrats.

      Commenter
      OLD DOG
      Date and time
      June 17, 2013, 1:01PM
      • What claptrap. More people may have visited, but it was certainly nothing to do with the arty-farty falderal that is the Centenary. People would have visited for the Lautrec and Cricket in any case.

        The centenary “celebrations” are not a celebration, they are a minority interest money waste.

        Commenter
        Lord Jim
        Date and time
        June 18, 2013, 9:02AM
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