It appears our beaches, themeparks and stunning hinterland has attracted a number of people to the Gold Coast, with more than 13 million visitors enjoying time in our beautiful city in 2017.
According to the latest Tourism Research Australia numbers, 13.12 million visitors spent a collective $5.09 billion for the year ending December 2017.
The latest tourism figures also revealed that just on four million domestic overnight visitors were recorded for 2017, which is up 8.1 per cent on the previous year.
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Day-trippers to the coast also increased, with 8.05m of them spending $786.5m.
Destination Gold Coast CEO Martin Winter said the continued growth in domestic overnight visitors was a positive sign for the industry.
“The city is mere days away from hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games and these figures show the momentum that has been generated leading into that major event,” he said.
“To be up eight per cent year-on-year in domestic overnight stays and to once again top 5 million overall, when we add in international overnight visitors, tells a really positive story of the previous 12 months.”
Mr Winter said the Gold Coast was in a good position to capitalise on the Games and build on the 2017 results.
“We know there is room for improvement, such as in the day tripper numbers,” he said. “That market segment is down 6.1 per cent year and year and we know it has been affected by a number of factors. As that market recovers we would expect to see numbers grow further.”