THE Gold Coast’s tourism industry has recorded strong growth in the last year, with new data released today showing the sector now pumps about $4.7 billion into the city’s economy.
Tourism Research Australia Satellite Account data for the last financial year shows a 1.3 per cent growth in tourism gross regional product across the Coast.
Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said almost 42,000 people worked in the tourism industry on the Gold Coast.
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“This data is proof that we’re on the right track. But I know we can create more jobs in this sector over the next few years,” she said.
“That’s why I’m working with local tourism operators to grow this industry.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said tourism was an important part of the Palaszczuk Government’s strategy to strengthen Queensland’s economy over the next three years.
“This data is a great result for the Gold Coast. I’m looking forward to working with Meaghan Scanlon to make sure these numbers continue to grow over the next three years,” she said.
“Queensland’s tourism industry is thriving under our government because we’re investing in this sector to stimulate our economy.
“We’re spending more in tourism than any Queensland government in history – this includes an extra $180 million in last month’s State Budget to grow this industry.
“Our priorities include working with tourism operators to build new attractions in important destinations like the Gold Coast, along with attracting more direct flights and securing more major events for our state.”