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Overseas tourists smash records

Tasmania has cemented its place as Australia’s hottest holiday destination, with the number of international visitors continuing to smash records. Latest figures show overseas tourist visitations increased over the past year from 253,000 to 307,000 – that’s a jump of 21 per cent. Hobart was the biggest drawcard, followed by Launceston and the north. International visitors also spent more than ever before, adding $552 million to the State’s coffers. Last year’s expenditure was $457 million. Premier and Tourism Minister, Will Hodgman, told The Mercury: “On percentage terms, our growth in international visitor numbers outstripped the rest of the nation, demonstrating Tasmania’s popularity on the world stage. By working closely with our great tourism industry, this latest report shows we are in fact taking tourism to the next level.”

9 November 2018, Edition 200

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