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July 31, 2015
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Australia: North South Wales Number One for Overseas Visitors


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New South Wales has been named the number one destination in Australia, with a record 3.3 million international visitors, and the state welcoming almost 1.1 million visitors more than either Victoria or Queensland during the last 12 months.

International visitors to Sydney increased by 7 per cent, mainly due to growth of 9.7 per cent in holiday visitors. Visitors in the regions also grew by 6.7 per cent, with international visitors to the Hunter Valley up by 14 per cent and Blue Mountains up by 15 per cent.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) results confirm NSW is still Australia's number one destination, with international visitation worth almost $7.5 billion to the State's economy in the year ending March 2015 – an increase of 9 per cent on the previous year.

Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said the results show that the NSW Government's initiatives to attract more visitors from around the world are working.

“The latest results demonstrate our success in ensuring NSW remains Australia's number one destination, and with a fantastic line up of events coming this year including the NRL Grand Final, the 2015 Netball World Cup, Matilda: The Musical and Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour, we will continue to attract visitors to our great state,” she said

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