Australia among world's best travel destinations

28 October, 2015

Australia's reputation as a must-see tourist destination will receive a boost thanks to the Lonely Planet's 'Best in Travel' lists ranking Australia among the top 10 countries in the world.

Senator Richard Colbeck, Minister for Tourism and International Education, welcomed Australia's listing as the sixth best place to visit on the Lonely Planet's 'Best Countries' list for 2016.

"We already know that Australia has a world-class tourism offering and it is rewarding to see this recognised by a popular international travel guide. The decisions are made based on topicality, excitement, value and that special x-factor - it's good to see Australia ticking all those boxes," Senator Colbeck said.

"The tradition of Australian cities and regions making the top 10 destinations continues, with Fremantle being ranked number seven on the list for best cities in the world. A number of other Australian destinations have also been featured, including Western Australia (#10 on Best Value) and Melbourne (#4 on Most Accessible).

"The tourism industry makes a significant contribution to our economy, generating around $100 billion of consumption a year and providing direct and indirect employment for one million Australians in more than 270,000 businesses.

"The Australian Government recognises the importance of our tourism industry as one of our top export sectors and we continue to focus on attracting new investment to help the industry innovate, grow and achieve maximum yield for the benefit of the industry and Australian economy.

"We are providing $43.1 million over four years to the states and territories for their tourism infrastructure needs through the Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) Programme.

"Projects will help the industry to meet Tourism 2020 targets to ensure businesses remain sustainable and profitable into the future."

"We're also working with state and territory governments to address labour and skills issues through the creation of Tourism Employment Plans - to help meet Tourism 2020 targets such as increasing overnight tourism spending nationally to between $115 billion and $140 billion by 2020.

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