Almost five million NSW tourists visited the New England and Hunter region in the past 12 months, injecting nearly $2 billion into the local economy.
New England MP Barnaby Joyce said the region was “punching well above” its weight, accounting for 16 per cent of NSW’s domestic tourism.
“Whether it’s the Tamworth Country Music Festival, horse racing at Scone, the Celtic Festival at Glen Innes or simply enjoying the natural beauty in our national parks and hospitality of the New England, our region is drawing in the crowds,” Mr Joyce said.
Tourism Research Australia’s national visitor survey showed the number of domestic tourist visiting New England increased by 15 per cent, New England North West increased by 11 per cent and the Hunter increased by 9 per cent.
“This is broadening our economic base on top of farming, manufacturing and services – it is great news for our local businesses and jobs growth,” Mr Joyce said.
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