Gold Coast draws record number of international tourists last financial year

Looks like international tourists love holidaying on the Gold Coast, with a record number flocking to our city during the last financial year.

The International Visitor Survey figures released today show that 1.056 million people visited the Gold Coast in the 12 months to June 2017, up 7.2%.

The survey also found the Gold Coast continues to be a primary international holiday destination for Queensland, directly generating $1.2 billion in visitor expenditure for the City.


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Gold Coast Tourism chairman Paul Donovan said he was pleased with the results. “These are great figures ahead of our peak summer holiday period,” he said.

“Industry sentiment and confidence in the Gold Coast continues to grow ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, and these figures indicate the international visitor trend largely driven by China – shows no signs of slowing down.”

China once again accounted for the largest number of international visitors with 303,000 checking out the Gold Coast, up 7.3%. New Zealanders were second with 206,000, followed by the Brits with 70,000.

68,000 Japanese visitors also flocked to City during the last financial year, an increase of 19.5% .

Overall, Gold Coast visitation figures matched both state and national growth rates, with a record-breaking 7.8 million international visitors Australia-wide in the 12 months to June 2017.