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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people and recognise any other people or families with connection to the lands of the ACT and region.

Canberra’s $3.4 billion tourism industry is flourishing, offering opportunities for investment in accommodation and other tourism services.

Tourism industry in Canberra

In 2023, the ACT welcomed over 5.4 million domestic and international overnight visitors. These visitors stayed 12.3 million nights and spent a total of $3 billion in overnight expenditure.

Museums and major events and festivals

The varied interests of our population is reflected in our diverse schedule of major events, each drawing visitors from all over the world. We have art and cultural exhibitions and events, museums, and major sporting and business events.

For more details, visit our page, Things to do

Major construction

Canberra’s urban and civic infrastructure and redevelopment is thriving. Projects for the rejuvenation of the city’s corridor continue to build on our reputation as one of the world’s most liveable cities. These include:

  • the extension of Canberra’s successful light rail project from the City Centre to Woden
  • the building of a major new emergency, surgical and critical care unit at Canberra Hospital
  • a state-of-the-art Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) campus and public transport interchange at Woden Town Centre
  • the Canberra Theatre Centre redevelopment, which will create a nationally significant destination for artists and audiences in the heart of Canberra’s Civic and Culture District
Preliminary design showing a new 2,000 seat theatre venue featuring balconies and a performance on stage.

Canberra Airport

Visitors flying into Canberra land at a world-class international and domestic airport. The airport’s stunning glass architecture offers an impressive introduction to the city. Located just minutes from the CBD, commuting into and out of the city is seamless.

Accommodation services

Canberra continues to cement its reputation as a vibrant, progressive and intellectual city, in addition to being the national seat of government. Businesses, investors, students and tourists are driving demand for new accommodation. New, stylish hotels, motels, serviced apartments and conference centres are springing up in the CBD and beyond.

Meriton Suites in the city opened in 2023.

Invest in Canberra

To learn how you can invest in one of Australia’s fastest growing tourism regions, get in touch with our investment team.

Call +61 2 6207 3037 or email investcanberra@act.gov.au

Published date: 24 Nov 2023
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