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Friday, 20 October 2000         00/480 


A report released today by the Federal Minister for Sport and Tourism, Jackie Kelly, found that regional Australia received 30 per cent of international visitor expenditure. 

The report, Tourism Expenditure by International Visitors in Regional Australia 1998, produced by the Bureau of Tourism Research shows that international visitors spent a total of $7.8 billion in Australia during 1998 and $2.3 billion was spent in regional Australia. 

South Australia attracted $253 million (3.3 per cent) of spending by international visitors with the Flinders Ranges and Far North attracting $13.9 million of expenditure. Total expenditure by international visitors in South Australia increased by nine per cent from 1997, with most of this growth in the regional areas.  

Other South Australian regions including Eyre Peninsula, Mid North, Yorke Peninsula, Riverland, Murraylands, Barossa Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island attracted a total of $44.5 million of international visitors' spending. 

"The data highlights tourism's vital significance to the economy and its key role in revitalising regional areas," Minister Kelly said. 

Expenditure per visit was highest in Adelaide ($696), however international visitors spent $448 in the combined other regions of South Australia and $202 per visit in Flinders Ranges and Far North. 

Minister Kelly said that with 30 per cent of international visitor spending directed at regional Australia, the opportunities created by being 'tourism ready' were great. 

"It's great that more international tourists are getting out and about to explore the wonderful attractions in our regional areas.

"The Federal Government has allocated $359 million over four years to 2001-02 to the Australian Tourist Commission to bolster Australia's position in the international market place.  

"These record levels of funding will ensure that the ATC is well placed to take

advantage of the tourism opportunity provided by the enormous exposure that the Olympics gave us."  

Tourism Expenditure by International Visitors in Regional Australia 1998 is available from the Bureau of Tourism Research, phone (02) 6213 6967 or email:  

Media inquiries:  Sam Spurrett     Technical inquiries: Peter Robins

CMR562-00  Minister Kelly's Office     Director, BTR 

  (02) 6277 7080/0417 033 876 (02) 6213 7125

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