Record number of international visitors spend $1.3 billion on Gold Coast

The Gold Coast has set a new record for international travellers, attracting more than 1 million overseas visitors to the city over a 12-month period.

In the 12 months from March 2017, 1.05 million tourists made the trip to the glitter strip and injected a record $1.3 billion into the local economy, according to preliminary figures released today in the International Visitor Survey.

Destination Gold Coast CEO Martin Winter said whilst the figures were overwhelmingly positive, the interim results would undergo a review at a later date.


“I would also caution the results because the quality of the main purpose of visit component of the passenger data supplied to TRA by the Department of Home Affairs has been identified as a concern,” he said.

“We also have to keep in mind that Scenic Rim figures are no longer calculated as part of the Gold Coast region.”

Gold Coast expenditure topped a record $1.3 billion (up 10.6 per cent), outperforming both Queensland (6.4 per cent) and Australia (6.7 percent) growth rates.

“It’s encouraging to see an increase in visitor spend up 10.6 per cent, which has been an area of concern in the past. But again, I would caution the figures as they are likely to be further qualified down the track,” Mr Winter warned.

China continues to be the lead source market, up 2.2% per cent for the Gold Coast followed by New Zealand, the UK and Japan.