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Flights fuel growth

Fuelled in part by direct flights, the number of tourists from the West soared 15 per cent last year, proving distance is no barrier to the attractions of the island state! This has given a boost to our already record interstate visitor numbers. According to tourism industry heavyweights, visitation numbers are no longer heavily dependent on passengers from New South Wales and Victoria: “We’ve seen really strong and consistent growth out of Southeast Queensland for a few years since direct flights started,” Tourism Industry Council Tasmania boss, Luke Martin said, “and hopefully we will now see similar sustained growth out of Western Australia and South Australia”. Interstate visitation topped the million mark last year, up 5 per cent on the previous 12 months. And, it seems the biggest interest is coming from far away.

20 June 2019, Edition 206

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