28 March 2018
Australians holidaying at home have delivered a boost to the Gold Coast economy with overnight spending by domestic tourists reaching $3.1 billion in the year to December 2017. This is an increase of four per cent.
Combined with the $1.2 billion spent by international visitors, tourists total spending on the Gold Coast topped $4.6 billion during the past year.
Gold Coast MP and Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment, Steven Ciobo welcomed the latest results outlined in the National Visitor Survey (NVS) released today.
“The more tourists spend, the better for our economy and the more jobs it helps create,” he said.
The NVS shows 4 million Australians visited the Coast during the last year. Combined with the 1.1 million international tourists, the Coast welcomed a total of 9.1 million tourists.
Mr Ciobo said Aussies visiting the Coast enjoyed all the city had, from the sun, surf and sand, to the shopping.
“Unsurprisingly our beaches are popular, with 48 per cent of visitors spending time on the sand during their stay.
“Dining out was also popular with 2.9 million visitors going to local restaurants or cafes, an increase of nine per cent.
“Nearly 1.2 million went shopping for pleasure while one million enjoyed general sightseeing.”
Mr Ciobo said while these results are a step in the right direction, more needs to be done to raise expenditure to be on par with the increasing national average.
“The Gold Coast tourism industry is showing signs of improvement, with domestic overnight trips one per cent higher than the national average, but we are still tracking behind when it comes to expenditure.”
The National Visitor Survey results are available from www.tra.gov.au