Canberra may no longer be such a dirty word in Melbourne and Sydney, with growing numbers of people from both cities visiting the nation's capital.
A record 2.649 million Australians visited the ACT in the year to June, Tourism Research Australia's latest national visitor survey showed, up from 2.518 million last year.
Visitors stayed an average of 2.7 days, spent an average $180 a day and injected $1.621 billion into the territory economy.
That's $276 million more than last year.
Notably, the number of visitors from Melbourne jumped 39 per cent while Sydney visitors rose by 11.9 per cent.
Tourism minister Andrew Barr said the spike in Melbourne visitors was helped by the start of cheap flights through Tigerair last December.
"The results [also] reflect the ACT government's concerted marketing efforts to attract more visitors through Visit Canberra's ongoing marketing activities and event funding programs," Mr Barr said in a statement.
"The ACT government is continuing to use its 'One Good Thing After Another' positioning to support the message of a short break offering visitors easily accessible, diverse experiences.
"The ACT government continues to work towards its goal of growing the ACT's overnight visitor expenditure to $2.5 billion by 2020."
The territory is about $400 million closer to achieving than last year.
Mr Barr last week launched a new events strategy to help hit that target, with plans to bring more events to Canberra by partnering with the private sector.