The Gold Coast has once again proven it’s the nation’s premier holiday hotspot, with a record number of Aussies flocking to the city for a mini getaway.
The National Visitor Survey figures released today show domestic overnight visitation grew by 17 per cent to a record 4 million, in the 12 months to March 2019.
In a big coup for the city, the Gold Coast also outperformed Australia AND Queensland’s growth in both spend, visitation and visitor nights.
Overnight expenditure topped $3.6 billion, growing by a massive 22.6 per cent, while a record 8 million day-trippers spent more than $803 million, up 27 per cent for the year.
Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista said visitors that had delayed their holidays in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games a year ago, had returned in great numbers.
“We had a quieter March quarter in 2018, so it’s thoroughly encouraging to see overnight visitors inspired to take winter breaks in our slice of paradise last year,” Ms Battista said.
“Coupled with the return of Brisbane locals and a solid bumper summer period, it’s clear expenditure was driven by the robust increase of 22.4 per cent in visitor nights to a staggering 15.8 million.”
Whilst majority of overnight visitors were holidaymakers, Destination Gold Coast says 564,000 business travellers also converged on the holiday hotspot.