International tourism continues to boom

21 March 2018

More international visitors are heading to Canberra than ever before, helping boost our booming tourism sector even further.

Last week’s Tourism Research Australia International Visitor Statistics showed the ACT had experienced a 16.9 per cent increase in international visitors this year, adding an extra $105.5 million to the ACT economy.

The record international visitor increase continues a trend of people coming to the capital to holiday, to visit their friends and relatives and for education purposes.

Importantly, visitors are also spending more, with a 23.3 per cent increase to a new record level of $558.4 million, well ahead of the national average.

An important factor in the increased spend of tourists is the increased range of great festivals like Enlighten, fun activities such as GoBoats on Lake Burley Griffin, as well as award-winning cafes, bars and restaurants.

As a global top three city to visit in 2018, we can expect it to be another great year for Canberra’s tourism industry. 

This month will see the launch of the incredible Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery, supported by the ACT Government as part of our multi-year partnership to deliver blockbuster events.

In May, Canberra will have 14 international flights every week, up from zero 18 months ago. People from around the world are finding it easier than ever before to travel here.

Canberra is a growing global city and the statistics continue to prove it.