Chinese visitors flock to Canberra as tourism numbers hit record high

Major events have helped attract a record number of domestic and international visitors to Canberra in the past year.

Data from Tourism Research Australia showed 5.48 million visitors came to the nation’s capital in the year to June 2019, with 266,000 visitors from overseas.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the figures were the most successful tourism numbers for the territory.

“Major events such as Floriade help support local businesses by attracting more visitors to Canberra, filling rooms in our hotels and driving more people to our cafes, restaurants and bars,” he said.

China accounted for more than 20 per cent of overseas visitors to Canberra, followed by the UK, USA, India and New Zealand.

Other countries with large international visitor numbers include Germany, Canada, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

“Canberra’s key domestic overnight source markets remained Sydney and regional NSW, followed by Melbourne, regional Victoria and Brisbane, the latter reflective of the introduction of low-cost carriers servicing those markets in recent years,” Barr said.