Figures released this morning have revealed that in 2015 the Gold Coast welcomed an additional 225,000 visitors from across Australia showing the Gold Coast is riding a new wave of tourism success.
Domestic and international visitor expenditure on the Gold Coast reached more than $4.9 billion in 2015, representing a 6% increase on 2014.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that the Gold Coast has experienced a revival over the last 12 months,” Gold Coast Tourism Chief Executive Officer, Martin Winter said.
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“We are achieving record-breaking international visitor expenditure, and today’s results show a 7% growth in domestic overnight visitors and 19% growth in daytrips to the Gold Coast.”
In 2015, there were 3.7 million overnight visitors to the Gold Coast and 8.2 million daytrips to the Gold Coast.
“The city is in a period of physical and cultural transformation, driven by significant tourism investment and a vibrant new generation keen to embrace and share the city’s iconic coastal lifestyle and playful image,” Martin added.
When asked what makes the Gold Coast so appealing, Martin said “it’s our lifestyle that continues to draw visitors from across Australia and indeed the world. In addition to our well established attractions, today, you can go stand up paddle boarding or join a yoga class on the beach, grab a great coffee from a funky café and be at your desk by 9am. There aren’t too many cities in Australia where that’s possible.”