21 June 2017
Australian tourists have spent a record $3.1 billion on the Gold Coast during the past 12 months, according to the National Visitor Survey (NVS) released today.
The NVS shows more than 3.9 million Australian tourists visited the Gold Coast for the year ending March 2017, a seven per cent increase. Visitor nights also increased by seven per cent to 14.3 million.
“This is great news for the Gold Coast and all those employed in the tourism industry,” said Tourism Minister and Gold Coast MP Steven Ciobo.
The Gold Coast’s beaches continue to be a draw card with more than 1.9 million Australian visitors enjoying some time on the sand during their visit. Gold Coast restaurants are also attracting tourists with more than 2.8 million visitors dining during their stay, an eight per cent increase. Shopping and sightseeing were also popular for tourists with a 10 per cent and 21 per cent increase respectively.
Today’s figures combined with this month’s International Visitor Survey reveal more than 4.9 million international and Australian tourists visited the Gold Coast in the year to March 2017, spending almost $4.3 billion in just 12 months.
The surveys show overnight trips to the Gold Coast by domestic and international tourists have increased by seven per cent since 2014 to more than 24 million.
“More tourists mean a stronger economy, more jobs, and more prosperity for the Gold Coast so these results are great news for the city.
“Tourism Australia continues to receive record funding from the Turnbull Government because we know how vital this industry is for cities like the Gold Coast and for creating and supporting local jobs.”