Tourism Research Australia data shows that tourist spending on the Gold Coast increased by 6.5 per cent in the last quarter – with visitors pouring $3 billion into the local economy.
The news emphasises the strength of the Gold Coast’s reputation to tourists, and comes after online booking website Trivago reported the city as being the third most searched destination in Australia.
Queensland’s Acting Tourism Minister Leeanne Enoch said domestic overnight visitor expenditure across the entire state increased by 3.4 per cent during the last quarter to a record $14.7 billion.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
The stronger performing regions included Gold Coast ($3 billion), Sunshine Coast ($2.06 billion), the Southern Great Barrier Reef ($1 billion), and Townsville ($845 million).
Ms Enoch said: “These increases in visitor numbers are also a reflection of the Queensland tourism industry embracing innovation and digital technology to engage more deeply in digital economy to ensure our state remains the nation’s premier holiday destination.”