Tweed tourism numbers on the up

THE GOLD Coast is known as a major tourism hub, but it looks like our neighbours over the border are also getting their share of visitors.

Recently released data shows continued growth for the Tweed, with 1.4 million international and domestic tourists checking in last year.

Domestic visitors spent 1.98 million nights in the Tweed in 2013, the best calendar year since 2006. In addition to those spending the night, more than 850,000 enjoyed a day trip to the region.


“(The results are) the best in years and a strong indication that hard work, research and collaboration with industry and government is strengthening the Tweed’s overall position as a key player in the New South Wales regional tourism market,” Destination Tweed CEO Bill Tatchell said.

“Tourism is a significant industry in Australia – it generates over $98 billion in spending and directly employs around a half a million people. The more competitive our tourism industry becomes on th Tweed, and the more Destination Tweed can do to highlight its attractions, the bigger the share of this national figure we can attract,” Mr Tatchell added.

“The Tweed is now affordable and accessible for international visitors via direct flights by Scoot Airlines from Singapore (to the Gold Coast Airport); the gateway to Australia for many Asian and European travellers is right here on our doorstep.”