More Aussies are holidaying at home and are spending record amounts across the Gold Coast during their visits, according to the latest National Visitor Survey (NVS), released today.
The results show visitor spending by Australians is on the up locally, reaching more than $3.5 billion, while nationally it’s hit a record $72.7 billion, an increase of 13 per cent during 2018.
Australians also took more domestic overnight trips to the Gold Coast last year.
Local MP and Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said welcomed the NVS results, and said they showed the Gold Coast tourism industry continued to go from strength-to-strength.
“I’m pleased the Gold Coast continues to be a major tourist hotspot for domestic and international travellers,” Minister Andrews said.
“It’s positive news for the city’s tourism industry, which is the backbone of the local economy and a huge driver of employment.
“We know our world class beaches and scenic hiking spots, fine dining and attractions are one-of-kind and it’s great to see more Aussies choosing the Gold Coast when holidaying at home.”
More Aussies holidaying at home teamed with more international visitors and record spending is a great boost for local businesses, helping to create more jobs and contributing to a stronger Australian economy.
Eco-tourism is also on the rise in Australia, and it’s not surprising given our beaches, world-class national parks, unique wildlife and diversity of nature-based experiences on offer.
The Liberal National Government’s plan to create a further 1.25 million jobs is underpinned by investment in strategic areas of economic growth, such as our tourism industry that we are supporting with record investment in infrastructure and marketing.
The National Visitor Survey results are available from https://www.tra.gov.au/Domestic/domestic-tourism-results.