A new record has been set for the Gold Coast with more than 1 million international tourists choosing the city as their holiday and business destination.
The International Visitor Survey figures show 1.014 million people visited the city in the 12 months to September 2016 – a 16.2 per cent increase on the previous 12 month period.
Gold Coast Tourism CEO Martin Winter said the industry was also celebrating the record increase in international visitor expenditure, which grew 15% to $1.267 billion.
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“The Gold Coast is going from strength to strength and continues to cement its position as Australia’s most popular holiday destination,” said Martin.
International holiday visitors account for the bulk of the result (807,000), ahead of those visiting friends and relatives (141,000). The number of international business visitors has grown substantially, by 21.9% to 34,000, and student numbers were also up by 13.9% to 23,000.
“The Gold Coast has demonstrated it is capable of attracting the world’s largest incentives – as demonstrated by Infinitus China – which will see more than 8000 delegates here in May 2018 immediately after the Commonwealth Games. This is expected to generate more than $50 million for the city,” he said.
China accounted for the largest number of international visitors (295,000 people) ahead of New Zealand (195,000), the UK (70,000), Japan (56,000) and the United States (38,000).
“The Gold Coast is a city coming of age and we will continue to work with industry, the City of Gold Coast, TEQ and our members to drive our success further in 2017.”