6 September 2017
The Gold Coast is attracting more international tourists, according to the International Visitor Survey (IVS) released today.
The IVS, produced by Tourism Research Australia, shows 1.1 million international tourists travelled to the Gold Coast in the year to June 2017, an increase of seven per cent from the previous year.
Tourism Minister and Gold Coast MP Steven Ciobo welcomed the growth.
“It’s great to see the Gold Coast is attracting more international tourists,” he said.
“As Tourism Minister I’ve delivered record funding to Tourism Australia so they can promote Australia to the world to attract more tourists to visit Australia and places like the Gold Coast,” he said.
However, not all the news in the IVS is good for the Gold Coast, with spending and visitor nights declining (see table below). Mr Ciobo said Gold Coast Tourism had questions to answer.
“We continue to see a trend where spending and nights for international tourists are up nationally, but down on the Gold Coast.
“The Gold Coast should be performing better, it’s essential for the economy and local jobs.”
The International Visitor Survey is available on the Tourism Research Australia website: www.tra.gov.au.