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International visitors deliver $1.billion boost to Western Australia.



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The Hon Fran Bailey MP Minister for Small Business and Tourism 17 December 2004

INTERNATIONAL VISITORS DELIVER $1.1 BILLION BOOST TO WA International visitors' spending in Western Australia reached $1.1 billion in 2003, delivering a significant boost to the state, according to a new report issued today by Tourism Research Australia.

The report, Tourism Expenditure by International Visitors in Australia’s Regions 1999-2003, provides estimates for international visitor expenditure in Australia’s tourism regions.

Minister for Small Business and Tourism, Fran Bailey MP, said the latest figures on expenditure highlighted the economic significance of international visitors to Australia’s tourism regions.

“Overseas visitors to Western Australia spent $1.1 billion on goods and services in 2003, creating thousands of jobs and making a significant contribution to the economy,” Fran Bailey said.

“The $1.1 billion spent by international visitors represents an increase of 9.1 per cent over the previous year. On average these visitors stayed 22 nights, spending $84 per night or $1,877 per visit.

“International visitor expenditure in Western Australia has increased at an average annual rate of 5.3 per cent over the past five years, with the majority of expenditure occurring in the Perth region. Visitors to Perth, on average, stayed 19 nights and spent $85 per night and $1,585 per visit.

In 2003, visitors from Asia (excluding Japan) accounted for the largest proportion of international visitor expenditure in the state, generating revenue of $381 million with an average expenditure of $2,346 per visit.

“The Government is committed to growing our international tourism market, which is why we injected an additional $235 million in the Tourism White Paper and continue to strongly promote Brand Australia to our key overseas markets,” Fran Bailey.

The report is available in electronic format and can be purchased from Tourism Research Australia, ph (02) 6213 6940, email tra@tourism.australia.com.

Media contact: Kevin Lowe, 02 62777 450 or 0408 404 468