Gold Coast welcomes a record number of overseas visitors

The Gold Coast has recorded its highest number of international visitors ever.

According to the latest International Visitor Survey, 1.1 million visitors came to the Gold Coast from overseas in 2017, a rise of 4.4 per cent on the previous year.

Of those, 852,000 came to the Gold Coast for a holiday, making up 45 per cent of the total number of visitors to Queensland.


China continues to be the leading market for Gold Coast tourism with a record 309,000 visitors in 2007.

This was followed by New Zealand (202,000), United Kingdom (70,000), Japan (65,000) and USA (39,000).

Gold Coast Tourism CEO Martin Winter says the most pleasing thing was the increase in the amount of money being spent.

Overseas visitors spent $1.2 billion on the Gold Coast in 2017, that’s up 2.1 per cent.

“That has been an area of concern in the past and it is good to see it bouncing back,” Mr Winter said.