Maybe it was the ‘Crocodile Dundee’ Super Bowl ad with Chris Hemsworth, or maybe it’s to bust the myth that we ride to work on Kangaroos… Either way, international visitors are still flocking to our beautiful beach side city and it’s doing wonders for our economy.
Official results from last financial year show an 11.1 percent spike in visitor spending, with a $1.3 billion benefit to the Gold Coast.
Visitor spending on the Gold Coast was notably higher than that of Queensland, and more than double the Australian growth of 4.83 percent.
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Destination Gold Coast CEO Annalise Battista said the figures have been a positive indicator for tourism on the Gold Coast.
“Tourism is the engine room of Gold Coast’s economy and these statistics not only reaffirm the Gold Coast’s position as one of Australia’s must-visit destinations, but illustrate immense opportunity for growth in the coming years,” said Ms Battista.
The Australian tourism industry as a whole has also done incredibly well over the last financial year.
$8.4 million international travellers landed in Oz over the past year, and they’re spending record amounts with a whopping $42.5 billion injected into the economy, a 5 percent spike on the year before.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham welcomed the results saying more international travellers meant more people in our restaurants, staying in our hotels and lapping up our tourism attractions.
“We’ve always had a good product and it’s encouraging to see international travellers are getting on planes in record numbers to see what all the fuss is about.
“This is something we should be proud of but we also need to strike while the iron is hot. The more tourists we get to our shores the more they contribute to the economy and the more they spend in Australian businesses,” Minister Birmingham said.