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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 11 Hansard (16 November) . . Page.. 3634..


International Visitors (Key results for the year ending June 2006)

Australia received 5.0 million international visitors in the year ending June 2006, representing an increase of 1.3% compared to the year ending June 2005. The ACT welcomed 154,920 international visitors in the year ending June 2006, representing an increase of 0.3% compared to the year ending June 2005. The average length of stay of international visitors who came to the ACT for holiday/leisure was 3.8 nights in the year ending June 2006, compared to 2.6 nights in the year ending June 2005.

Domestic Visitors (Key results for the year ending March 2006)

For the ACT, the latest NVS results indicate a 0.7% increase in domestic overnight visitors in the year ending March 2006 compared to the year ending March 2005. This is a positive result in light of the 6.6% decline in domestic tourism nationally. The Northern Territory was the only other state/territory to record an increase in domestic overnight visitors (2.8%).

(3) A range of initiatives have been developed to maximise the Government's investment in tourism marketing activity to deliver an increase in international and domestic visitors to the ACT. The Government will continue to conduct See yourself brand campaigns integrated into thematic, tactical marketing campaigns. International marketing activity will continue in target markets of South East Asia and New Zealand. The marketing campaigns will be supported by public relations and media campaigns and refreshed marketing collateral. In 2007, the Government will implement Floriade, the Rally of Canberra and assist and support eligible events. It will also continue to provide visitor information services through the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre.

(4) Ernst and Young will conduct a formal independent evaluation on Floriade upon its conclusion. Through Tourism Australia's Domestic and International visitor surveys, the Government will continue to monitor progress on visitation.

Emergency Services Authority-headquarters

(Question No 1311)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 21 September 2006:

(1) How will the $17.329 million for the refurbishment of the new Emergency Services Authority (ESA) headquarters, as quoted in Budget Papers 06-07 be distributed;

(2) What is the annual leasing cost for the new ESA headquarters;

(3) When was this lease agreement signed;

(4) What is the duration of the lease agreement;

(5) Who is the lease agreement between;

(6) Where is the funding for this lease in the 2006-07 Budget;

(7) What is the breakdown of costs for the (a) building fit out and (b) leasing and operating costs of the new ESA headquarters;


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