15 March 2017
Federal Tourism Minister and Gold Coast MP Steven Ciobo today released the International Visitor Survey which shows a 14 per cent increase in the number of international visitors to the Gold Coast last year.
The growth in visitors outperformed the overall performance of both Queensland (10 per cent increase) and Australia (11 per cent increase).
“The popularity of the Coast as a destination for international tourists continues to grow,” Mr Ciobo said.
“Encouragingly, the number of Chinese tourists grew by 21 per cent last year, cementing the Gold Coast’s reputation as a favoured destination for Chinese travellers.
“I recently launched the China Australia Year of Tourism in China, a Coalition initiative to capitalise on this growing tourism market.”
The new data also reveals international visitors to the Gold Coast spent $1.2 billion and stayed 9.7 million nights last year.
“Of course, we want tourists to be spending more and staying longer once they get here,” Mr Ciobo said.
“Money tourists spend on the Coast supports small businesses and local jobs.”
The International Visitor Survey is available on the Tourism Research Australia website: www.tra.gov.au