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Tourism ‘growing faster in Victoria than any other state’

April 5, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Victoria’s tourism industry has hailed new data which it says shows tourism is growing faster in Victoria than in any other Australian state and employing more people than ever before.

Acting Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Tim Pallas, said the latest Tourism Research Australia results show more than 15,000 tourism-related jobs had been created since 2015-16.

Victoria’s tourism sector generated around 214,500 jobs last financial year – up 7.6% from the previous year. Almost 7% of people working in Victoria are employed in tourism.

“We’re creating more tourism jobs in Victoria than ever before, which is boosting local businesses across the state and our economy,” Pallas said.

“Victoria has the fastest growing economy in the country, and it’s in no small part thanks to the hard work of our tourism operators. We’ll do everything we can to ensure this momentum continues.”

From the British production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The show is now coming to Victoria

The data shows Victoria’s visitor numbers – and the amount they are spending – is growing faster than any other state in Australia.

Tourism is worth more to Victoria’s economy than ever before, with visitors delivering AUD 24.8 billion to local businesses across the state – a jump of AUD 2 billion in Gross State Product from 2015/16.

The promising results compliment the latest National and International Visitor Surveys, which show a record number of domestic visitors travelling to Victoria and more overseas visitors choosing to spend their time and valuable tourism dollars in Victoria’s regions.

Victoria’s state government has helped fuel this growth by backing local tourism operators and attracting major events to make Victoria the sporting and cultural capital of the country.

Events include a raft of major theatre productions announced recently that will come exclusively to Victoria – including Come From Away and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Edited by Peter Needham

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