Tourism visits in double-digits

TOURISM is the second largest employer in the Murray region, making up 20 per cent of the region's employment.

This year, according to Tourism Research Australia figures in the year to March, the tourism industry has recorded more than $20 million in tourist expenditure, a $2 million increase on the year before, with each visitor spending on average of $745.

Visitation in the Murray region has grown by 16.2 per cent in the year to March, according to Tourism Research Australia.

Visitation in the Murray region has grown by 16.2 per cent in the year to March, according to Tourism Research Australia.

Last year, total visitor expenditure was $28.7 billion, supporting more than 214,000 jobs including 85,600 in regional areas.

Murray Regional Tourism Board chair Wendy Greiner said the Murray region had also seen 6.1 million, including international and national, visitors.

"That was up 6.4 per cent on the previous years," she told The Guardian.

"The expenditure, which is important for our economy, they are contributing is $1.8 billion. That's up a staggering 16.7 per cent.

"And we saw a record 10 million night visitors to the region and that's that up 12.2 per cent."

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