Aussies escape to San Fran

THE global appetite for travel to the American technology hub of San Francisco is growing at a record pace, according to The San Francisco Travel Association.

Australian tourists are among some of the fastest movers, with visitation for 2018 up by more than 4%, outperforming the overall average for the year which is currently 2.8%.

“Markets in Asia and Australia are especially strong,” said San Francisco Travel chief executive officer Joe D’Alessandro.

Some of the most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco based on visitor data for 2018 have included: the major retail precinct Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the former “inescapable” prison Alcatraz Island.

Tourism is the city’s largest industry, with more than 25.5 million people visiting in 2017, and spending more than US$9.78 billion.