More Aussies travelling domestically, figures show

An increasing number of Australians are choosing to take a vacation within the country.

The government has confirmed the uptake of overnight domestic trips was up by five per cent to 73 million in the 12 months ending March 2012.

Statistics also showed that total expenditure grew by ten per cent to $50 billion during the period.

Minister for tourism Martin Ferguson said the figures suggested that Australia's tourism sector is getting back to normal following last year's natural disasters.

Of course, improvements in the domestic travel industry are also going to benefit local businesses across Australia.

He said the demand for "staycations" was even more impressive when you consider the strength of the Aussie dollar, which is encouraging more people to take advantage of the best exchange rates seen for a long time by heading abroad.

"The fact we are now seeing results reach pre-GFC [global financial crisis] levels for domestic travel is excellent news for Australia's tourism industry," Mr Ferguson remarked.

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