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Monday, December 26, 2005

International visitors flock to Tasmania.

International visitors flock to Tasmania. 26/12/2005. ABC News Online

The ABC journo converts an anecdotal report of increased international toursim numbers into "FLOCKING"

Where's the hard numbers to back up such a bullish headline?

Tasmania's boost in international visitor numbers is being offset by fewer domestic tourists.

Tourism Australia says 2005 has been a bumper year for tourism in Australia and could end up as a record year for international visitor numbers.

The chairman of the Tourism Industry Council in Tasmania, Daniel Leesong, says the state's overall visitor numbers have reached a plateau.

But he says Tasmania's international tourist numbers anecdotally appear to have risen for the first time in a number of years.

"We have had some significant declines off a relatively low base in that market segment over the past couple of years but it looks like that trend has reversed," Mr Leesong said.

"But what is interesting now is we're seeing people travelling overseas on their holidays much more frequently and that obviously has an impact on Tasmania's domestic tourism."
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