Albany experiencing tourism boom since Anzac centenary commemorations
Albany's Mayor says tourism has been booming in the southern Western Australian city since October's...
Albany's Mayor says tourism has been booming in the southern Western Australian city since October's Anzac centenary commemorations and there is no sign of it slowing down.
Thousands of people flocked to Albany last year to commemorate the dozens of ships carrying Anzac troops that left the port city for the battlefields of World War I.
Mayor Dennis Wellington said the Anzac Day dawn service last month prolonged a boom in visitors to the city.
He said nearly 70,000 people were expected to have visited the National Anzac Centre by the end of June, nearly double what was predicted.
"It certainly has boosted our tourism product and a lot of people are coming down here as a result, which is fantastic," he said.
"I don't think you could ever buy that sort of coverage because you wouldn't have the money to do it.
"So the broadcast that was done nationally was fantastic to us.
"The number of people going through the National Anzac Centre, we budgeted for about 40,000 people up to the end of June and we went through 50,000 on the 25th of April.
"We're looking at 69,000 by the end of the June, which is a terrific number."