One in eight international tourists choose the Gold Coast

Of the millions of international visitors to Australia in the 12 months to June, one-in-eight visited the Gold Coast – and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down.

Figures from Tourism Research Australia show 7.8 million people visited the country during that time period (up nearly 9%), and 1.056 of them came to the glitter strip.

Most were from China (303,000), followed by New Zealand (206,000) and the United Kingdom (70,000). A further 68,000 came from Japan and 41,000 from the United States.


Gold Coast Tourism chairman Paul Donovan described it as “record growth” for our region.

“These are great figures ahead of our peak summer holiday period,” he said.

“Industry sentiment and confidence in the Gold Coast continues to grow ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

Mr Donovan also encouraged those in the tourism sector to take advantage of FREE workshops – such as the City of Gold Coast ‘Be My Guest’ program – to help them improve customer service as more visitors arrive.