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Prince Harry and the Middle Easterners head for Sydney

September 30, 2013 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Prince Harry and the Middle Easterners is not the name of a rock band. The arrivals of each in New South Wales is separate, but both are welcome developments for tourism in the state.

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has welcomed an almost 10% increase in visitor numbers to NSW from the Middle East. In another statement issued on the same day, O’Farrell welcomed the announcement from London that Prince Harry will visit Sydney to take part in the International Fleet Review celebrations next month. 002SteveCafe&Cuisine250x250

Prince Harry is visiting once, but the Middle Easterners keep coming. On the Middle Eastern front, O’Farrell noted that the latest International Visitor Survey shows that for the year to June 2013, 46,760 visitors arrived in NSW from the Middle East.

“That compares with the 42,680 people who arrived in NSW in the year earlier, which is a 9.6% increase within just 12 months,” the Premier said.

“We’re also seeing a spike in the number of people arriving from the United Arab Emirates, with UAE arrivals in the year to June 2013 jumping more than 15%.

“NSW is home to a large Arabic community that makes a major contribution to the multicultural fabric of the state. These are impressive results that show more Middle Easterners are choosing to come to NSW to visit their families and tourist destinations, and to conduct business.

Just as pleasing, O’Farrell said, was a 60% increase in the number of visitor nights spent in NSW, “indicating more Middle Eastern people are staying longer once arriving in the state.

“The NSW Government is committed to promoting the state to the world as a multicultural and tolerant society and these are encouraging figures that indicate our measures are working.”

On the other subject, involving Prince Harry, O’Farrell said the International Fleet Review would be one of the biggest events ever staged in Sydney.

“I’m delighted that Prince Harry will now be part of the celebrations. Every royal visit attracts enormous excitement and I’m sure Sydneysiders will embrace Prince Harry during his short stay.

“The International Fleet Review is being held to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet into Sydney Harbour and about 40 warships from around the world are expected to take part.

“Prince Harry has forged a distinguished military career in his own right so it’s fitting he’ll officiate in centenary celebrations for the Royal Australian Navy.

“Prince Harry’s visit for the International Fleet Review will attract worldwide attention and it will be a great opportunity to again showcase Sydney as Australia’s premier city,” O’Farrell said.

Details of the program, and locations where the public will be able to see the Prince, will be made publicly available closer to the visit.

Written by : Peter Needham

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