Tasmanian councils are relatively strong spenders on tourism.
Tasmanian councils spent $11 million on tourism in 2015-16, according to a report from the Australian Regional Tourism Network.
That equated to about $20 per resident.
Only West Australian and Northern Territory councils spent more per capita on tourism ($22).
Nine in 10 councils agreed that tourism offers future economic development opportunities for their local area.
Victorian councils spent $10 per resident, which was the nation’s lowest.
Nationally, the report found, councils spent $373 million on tourism, with New South Wales councils ($109 million) spending the most.
The $373 million was spent on operating visitor centres, events, festivals and the promotion, marketing and development of tourism.
Nearly half of Tasmanian councils’ tourism spending was on visitor information centres.
“Nine in 10 councils (nationally) agreed that tourism offers future economic development opportunities for their local area,” the report said.
“Tourism was also rated as one of the more important industries of the local economy by 78 per cent of councils ...”
It said 72 per cent of councils believed the economic benefits of their spending on tourism far outweighed the costs.