The Gold Coast continues to grow as a destination for international tourists, with new figures from Tourism Research Australia showing 282,000 visitors to the city during the first quarter of this year.
The figure is an increase of around 8000 on the same period last year, when 274,000 international tourists visited the Gold Coast.
The State’s Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said a total of 2.6 million people visited Queensland during the March quarter – pumping a record-breaking $5.2 billion into the economy.
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“The latest data shows Chinese visitors increased 6.7 per cent to 472,000 over the past 12 months, and they injected $1 billion into our economy,” she said.
“We also welcomed more Japanese visitors in the past 12 months – up 13.7 per cent to 202,000.
“And Japanese visitors set new records for spending too, up more than 28 per cent to over $429 million. This shows the Japanese are back and signals a new era of real long-term growth for Queensland’s tourism industry.
“New Zealand continued to show strong growth both in visitor numbers – up 6.6 per cent to 454,000 – and expenditure – which was up 7.5 per cent to more than $600 million.”
The Minister said the Queensland Government would continue to attract more visitors to the state through initiatives such as the Connecting with Asia strategy and the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, as well as major events throughout the year.
The latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) results are available on the Tourism Research Australia website at www.tra.gov.au