Page 878 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 22 March 2017

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MR PETTERSSON: What are the wider benefits of these events for our local economy?

MR BARR: The wider benefits are seen through new investments in our economy. We are seeing new and refurbished hotels, precincts and world-class events attracting record numbers of domestic and international visitors. Singapore Airlines’ direct international flights have opened up new international visitor markets. I note visitors from Singapore are up by nearly 75 per cent and are now roaring into the top five for international visitors to Canberra.

We have also seen increased aviation services, with Tigerair commencing very popular services between Melbourne and Canberra. We hope that in the future another low-cost carrier will enter into the market. FlyPelican has also increased its regional services to Canberra airport.

Major events have a proven capacity to generate visitors and economic outcomes for the ACT: events like Floriade and Enlighten, blockbuster exhibitions at our national institutions and major international sporting events. The Asian Cup and the Cricket World Cup are two recent examples. More than 100,000 people attended events associated with the Asian Cup and the Cricket World Cup, bringing a combined $40 million economic benefit to the territory.

In 2016 Enlighten attracted more than 263,000 people, who spent nearly $3 million in the territory economy. Next year Manuka Oval will host its first-ever cricket test match, and this will bring another economic boost to the territory. All of this combined provides even more reasons for Canberrans to be proud of the great city in which we all live.

Distinguished visitors

MADAM SPEAKER: I wish to acknowledge the presence in the gallery of a delegation from the United Kingdom CPA branch. On behalf of all members, I welcome you to Canberra and to this Assembly. Some members enjoyed the pleasure of your company over lunch, and I thank you again for that. As promised over lunch, it is a very civilised, quiet question time, so you can stay for as long as you like!


MADAM SPEAKER: Members, also in the gallery I wish to acknowledge a group of parliamentary officers participating in the commonwealth parliament’s 2017 inter-parliamentary study program. Again, on behalf of members of the Assembly, welcome to Canberra and to the Assembly.

Questions without notice

Molonglo Valley—services

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Residents of the new suburbs in Molonglo Valley are concerned that

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