Ballarat visitor spending past pre-COVID numbers

June 30, 2023 8:40 am in by
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Cashed up tourists have pushed Ballarat’s visitor expenditure past pre-COVID benchmarks.

New data shows $663 million was spent in the city last year, way ahead of the $490 million back in March 2020.

It’s not all good news however, with overall figures showing Ballarat is still lagging behind other regional Victorian cities.

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Tourism Research Australia data found the total tourism spend in Victoria to end-March 2023 hit $35 billion, 15 months ahead of targets set by the industry.