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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 6 Hansard (13 May) . .

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Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8: Mr Barr Ms Berry Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 7: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Tourism—government support

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (3.51): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the ACT Government failed to capitalise on Canberra's Centenary celebrations in 2013; and

(b) the ACT tourism sector experienced decreases in:

(i) overnight trips;

(ii) overnight trip expenditure;

(iii) trips to the ACT;

(iv) domestic overnight visitations;

(v) average per night expenditure; and

(vi) tourism investment; and

(2) calls on the Minister for Tourism and Events to report to this Assembly its plan on restoring tourism sector confidence in the ACT by the end of first sitting week in August 2015.

As we all know, tourism is a very important part of modern economies. Particularly for the ACT, it is one of those areas that are important to our future. Of course, the source of quality information about our tourist industry comes from Tourism Research Australia. They issue bulletins on a regular basis. Tourism Research Australia's international visitor quarterly results recently noted that the ACT has the second lowest number of international visitors, at 181,000 people, ahead of only Tasmania, with 168,000 people. We have had the lowest international visitor growth, at only

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