14 March 2018
The Gold Coast economy continues to benefit from record spending by Chinese tourists according to the latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) released today.
Local MP and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo said the new data revealed China’s strong ties to the Gold Coast.
“The Gold Coast welcomed an increase of Chinese visitors who spent more than $330 million, up 17 per cent on the same period the year before, cementing the Gold Coast’s reputation as a destination of choice for Chinese travellers,” Mr Ciobo said.
“In three weeks, the Gold Coast will be on the world stage hosting the Commonwealth Games and these numbers show our tourism industry driving local economic growth.”
Produced by Tourism Research Australia, the survey revealed overall expenditure on the Gold Coast from international visitors increased by 2 per cent in the year to December 2017. During that time, the Gold Coast also had more than 1.1 million international travellers visit, a 4 per cent increase.
Mr Ciobo said whilst these numbers were encouraging, the Gold Coast continues to lag behind the national figures for growth in tourist expenditure.
“I’m pleased to see the Gold Coast’s share of spend increase, but there is still more work to be done as we continue to see records being smashed around the nation,” he said.
“More tourist dollars spent means more local jobs and the incoming CEO of Gold Coast Tourism will need create a solution to increase visitor expenditure.
“The Gold Coast needs to perform better as the tourism industry is critical for our local economy.
“Tourism continues to be a key focus for the Turnbull Coalition Government, which is why we have delivered record funding to Tourism Australia to showcase Australia to the world.”
The International Visitor Survey is available on the Tourism Research Australia website: www.tra.gov.au.