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International tourists increased their numbers, but not their spend, in WA. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Backpacker exodus concern for tourism

Backpackers are skipping Western Australia and heading to other states, with a big fall in the number of working holidaymakers contributing to disappointing international tourism statistics released today.

Tourism Research Australia’s quarterly International Visitor Survey, released today, showed more international visitors were coming to WA, but they are spending less when they’re here.

The survey showed the number of international tourists that visited WA was up by 6.3 per cent, but the amount they spent fell slightly, by 0.2 per cent.

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