7 December 2016
The Gold Coast has cracked the magic million mark – with more than one million international tourists visiting the city during the last year.
It’s the first time in almost two decades the Gold Coast has attracted more than one million international tourists in a 12 month period.
Today Federal Tourism Minister and Gold Coast MP Steven Ciobo releases the International Visitor Survey which shows the city achieved the milestone off the back of a 16 per cent increase in international visitors in the year to September 2016.
“More international tourists are visiting the Gold Coast and they’re are staying longer and spending more. This is great news for the Gold Coast and local jobs,” said Mr Ciobo.
“We’re a tourist town, so we need more visitors spending more to create and sustain local jobs.”
Produced by Tourism Research Australia, the survey shows international visitors spent $1.2 billion while visiting the Gold Coast, an increase of 15 per cent from the previous year.
Visitor nights also recorded growth, with international tourists staying 10.7 million nights, an increase of 27 per cent.
Encouragingly, visitors from China to the Gold Coast grew by 38 per cent over the last year cementing the Gold Coast’s reputation as a destination of choice for Chinese travellers.
“The Gold Coast’s tourism industry continues to grow – driving local jobs and economic growth,” said Mr Ciobo.
“Tourism remains an important focus for the Turnbull Government, with our vibrant tourism sector forecast to continue its growth trajectory over the next decade,” he said.
Australia’s tourism industry is currently growing three times as fast as the rest of the Australian economy.
To support this growth, the Turnbull Government has committed a record $639 million for Tourism Australia to market Australia overseas.
The International Visitor Survey is available on the Tourism Research Australia website: www.tra.gov.au