AUSTRALIA: Wine tourism generates A$4.6bn a year
Wine tourism in Australia has become a A$4.6bn (US$3.63bn) industry attracting 4.8m domestic and international visitors a year, according to a new report.
A Profile of Wine Visitors in Australia 2003 was published by Tourism Research Australia.
Domestic visitors spent A$2.5bn and foreign travellers A$2.1bn.
Some 78% of wineries now have cellar door tasting and buying outlets.
Federal Tourism Minister Fran Bailey said wine tourism provided a strong boost to regional Australia.
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