The Gold Coast has smashed the record for the number of domestic overnight visitors, welcoming 5 million holiday-goers in the past financial year!
The National Visitor Survey figures released today show a spike of 7.2% for the year, lifting the total of overnight domestic visitors to a record 3.95 million.
Gold Coast Tourism CEO Martin Winter said the domestic success followed a similar result for international overnight stays, which also jumped 7.2% to a record 1.056 million visitors.
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“For the first time, the Gold Coast welcomed more than five million overnight visitors,” Mr Winter said.
“It is terrific to see the popularity of the Gold Coast continue to grow. Adding the day-tripper figures to overnight visitors, the Gold Coast welcomed 12.91 million people over the year.
“This underlines the Gold Coast yet again as a premier leisure destination for Australians.”
However, Mr Winter said day-trippers are down 8.8% for the year, which he attributed to the recent struggle of our theme parks.
“Day-trippers are down 8.8%, and that’s not unexpected when we see the challenges the theme parks have endured over recent months, as one of the major drivers of that market.”
“We also see a trend of overall visitor spend not growing as fast as the increase in visitor numbers.
“So that means more people are enjoying the Gold Coast, but each one is spending slightly less on average”.