Gold Coast more popular than ever with Aussie tourists

Australians can’t seem to get enough of the Gold Coast, according to new figures released today.

The latest National Visitor Survey* shows 11.2 million domestic visitors flocked to the coast in the 12 months to September 2018, with  domestic overnight visitors injecting a record $3.3 billion into the economy.

Daytrips to the Gold Coast also proved more popular than ever, with a record visitor volume of 7.6 million tourists and record expenditure of $784.5 million.


Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista said Aussie families are front and centre of Gold Coast’s tourism marketing efforts.

“We know tourists love our beaches, weather, theme parks, hinterland and all of our other iconic Gold Coast experiences – especially families,” Ms Battista said.

“More than 1.9 million interstate visitors made their way to the Gold Coast last quarter and we along with our tourism partners will be working hard to attract more families to Australia’s favourite playground this year.”

Interestingly, The Gold Coast also posted similar record-breaking international visitor expenditure for the same period.

According to the Preliminary International Visitor Survey*, international visitor spend increased by 13.3 per cent for the year, once-again outperforming growth rates for Queensland (11.5 per cent) and doubling that of Australia, which grew by 5.2 per cent.

China accounted for the largest number of international visitors with 269,000, followed by New Zealand with 207,000 visitors.

USA saw the largest increase to 41,000 visitors, up 13.8 per cent from the previous year.

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