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​​More than 75,000 people are expected to honour the ANZACs at a series of commemorative events in Albany later this year.

Latest Tourism WA research shows 60,900 people from Perth, the South-West, andGoldfields-Esperance have booked accommodation or have already organised to stay with friends and family in the area. In addition, 14,200 people from Albany, Denmark and Plantagenet say they plan on attending.

From 30 October to 2 November, the City will mark the 100th anniversary of the departure of the first convoy of Australian and New Zealand troops to the First World War. The convoy departed from Albany on the morning of 1 November 1914. For many, Albany was their last sight of Australian soil.

 
Tourism WA CEO Stephanie Buckland said the research would help refine plans for issues such as traffic management and parking.

 
“Albany will host the national launch of the commemorative event program of activities marking the Anzac Centenary,” Ms Buckland said.

 
“It is a significant undertaking and the Federal and State governments, the City of Albany, the RSL and local businesses have been working together to ensure the weekend is meaningful and runs as smoothly as possible for all those in attendance.”

 
Ms Buckland said Australia’s South West Regional Tourism Organisation (ASW) had been working with the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry and others to hold workshops for tourism operators and other local businesses to help them plan for the influx 
of visitors.

 
Summary of Key Findings and Implications:
  • Total estimated visitors from Perth, the South-West and Goldfields-Esperance: 60,900.
  • Total estimated attendees from Albany, Denmark and Plantagenet: 14,200.
  • Approx. one in five visitors have booked commercial accommodation (11,000 visitors).
  • Approx. four out of five visitors are staying with friends and family (49,800 visitors).
  • An estimated 25,900 privately owned or rented vehicles will be travelling to Albany (from outside of Albany/Denmark).
  • The majority of vehicles will be on the roads into Albany on Thursday October 30 and Friday October 31.
  • Visitors plan on staying an average of 4 nights.
  • Visitors are encouraged to visit other attractions and sights in the region while they are there – visit www.amazingalbany.com for further information. 
  • Perth residents not visiting for the weekend are encouraged to visit Albany at some other time during the year to see the new National Anzac Centre (NAC). 

Last Reviewed: 2016-11-07