The Gold Coast appears to be a favourite for Aussie holiday makers with 337,000 more domestic overnight visitors and 1.1 million more day-trippers visiting the city in the year ending 31 March 2016.
Gold Coast Tourism Chief Executive Officer, Martin Winter explained the significance of the National Visitor Survey results released today by Tourism Research Australia.
“We are pleased to see evidence of the continued success of the Australian holiday market – it is critical for the Gold Coast’s visitor economy. While we have seen significant international growth, Australians still account for 80 percent of overnight visitors to the Gold Coast and 71 percent of overnight visitor expenditure.”
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Of the 3.7 million domestic overnight visitors to the Gold Coast, 2 million were holiday makers – representing an 8 percent increase on the previous 12 months. There were also 18 percent more daytrips to the Gold Coast, reaching 8.3 million.
The Gold Coast was recently named in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards as Australia’s most popular holiday destination – second to Sydney.
“While our beaches have drawn Australians to our cities for decades, it’s our iconic coastal lifestyle, emerging food scene, stunning natural landscapes and diverse range of attractions which are providing Australians even more reasons to return to the Gold Coast,” Mr Winter said.