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Western Australia's beach lifestyle is a major incentive for residents to holiday at home. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Interstate tourist spend drops $324m

Fresh tourism figures show more Western Australians are holidaying at home than ever before, but the state is failing to attract visitors from the east coast.

The latest National Visitor Survey statistics released by Tourism Research Australia showed an 18 per cent rise in WA residents holidaying locally over the last year, and an increase in day trip spending of 13 per cent.

But the statistics also showed interstate visitor numbers were down 2.1 per cent in 2014-15, while visitor spending was down 21 per cent.

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