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Wednesday, 3 October 1984
Page: 1575

(Question No. 1657)


Mr Blanchard asked the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, upon notice, on 22 August 1984:

Is he able to provide any estimates of (a) the number of international tourists expected to attend the 1987 America's Cup to be staged in Fremantle, W.A. and (b ) the amount of money expected to be injected into the Australian economy as a result of this influx of tourists.


Mr John Brown —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) The Australian Tourist Commission has not made any assessment of the number of international tourists expected to attend the 1987 America's Cup.

However, I am in possession of preliminary estimates made by the Western Australian Tourist Commission. That Commission estimates international visitor tourist traffic to Western Australia will rise in stages from 175,000 in 1983-84 to 375,000 in 1986-87. Over the same period the number or interstate tourists is expected to double from the current 300,000 to 600,000. This would mean the total tourist traffic in the Cup year is expected to reach nearly one million persons.

(b) On the basis of this influx of tourists, the Western Australian Tourist Commission expects direct visitor spending in the Cup year to inject more than $ 600 million into the Western Australian economy.