City of Wodonga


Tourism a strong player in economic growth

Findings from the 2016 Albury Wodonga Visitor Economy Trends (AWVET) Report have once again shown the significant role of tourism in stimulating the local economy, with the sector injecting an estimated $742 million last year.

This result represents an increase of $129 million since 2015, primarily due to the increase in the average daily expenditure of visitors.

Similarly, local events are a strong driver of tourism traction, with more than 197,000 people attending Albury-Wodonga events in 2016. Of these, 91,549 were day or overnight visitors, generating an estimated $47.47 million in economic activity.

Wodonga Council Acting Mayor Cr Danny Lowe said he continued to be encouraged by the annual results of this report, which showed a steady and consistent increase in tourism activity in the region.

“These results are testimony to the attractive tourism destination Albury-Wodonga is, and continues to become. Both cities offer a wide and diverse range of activities, dining options, accommodation and most importantly, a warm and welcoming culture which people are drawn to. This is evident in the newly released Albury Wodonga Official Visitor Guide,” he said.

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack noted the importance of the report in consolidating the value of tourism to the region, which was important for both investor and consumer confidence.

“The AWVET Report and Official Visitor Guide provide a comprehensive overview and show the diversity of the tourism industry in our region. The report answers important questions such as the number and type of visitors to Albury-Wodonga in the calendar year. It also allows us to track key trends in response to tourism activity and to target initiatives designed to promote the sector’s growth,” he said.

A full copy of the Albury Wodonga Visitor Economy Trends can be viewed at, and 

Key highlights

  • Albury Wodonga events attracted more than 197,000 people in 2016 and generated an estimated $47.47 million.
  • Domestic overnight visitor spend increased by 46%, with an average daily expenditure of $175 per night.
  • The number of international visitor trips increased by 31% representative of 19,749 people visiting Albury-Wodonga in 2016.
  • Tourism injected about $742 million into the local economy in 2016.

Last updated: 10-07-2017

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