Do­mes­tic vis­i­tors rise

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Nick Dal­ton

AUS­TRALIAN vis­i­tors to Trop­i­cal North Queensland in­creased by 27 per cent to 2.1 mil­lion dur­ing 2015.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Vis­i­tor Sur­vey it out­stripped Queensland’s growth of 8.5 per cent.

Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queensland chief ex­ec­u­tive Alex de Waal said the strong growth in­creased the re­gion’s mar­ket share of Aus­tralian trav­ellers from 9 per cent to 10.6 per cent for the year end­ing De­cem­ber 2015.

“Ex­pen­di­ture growth was even higher at 34.9 per cent to $2.3 bil­lion with an average spend of $225 per night per vis­i­tor,” he said.

“Our strong­est growth came from hol­i­day vis­i­tors with a 29 per cent jump, fol­lowed by business vis­i­tors in­creas­ing by 25 per cent and vis­it­ing friends and rel­a­tives (VFR) grow­ing 17.3 per cent.”

Tourism and Events Queensland chief ex­ec­u­tive Leanne Cod­ding­ton said tourism played a sig­nif­i­cant part in the Trop­i­cal North Queensland econ­omy.

“It has been an enor­mously suc­cess­ful pe­riod for tourism in Trop­i­cal North Queensland with these fan­tas­tic re­sults in international and do­mes­tic vis­i­tors,” she said.

CaPTA Group sales di­rec­tor Ben Wood­ward said the business had ex­pe­ri­enced “very pos­i­tive re­growth in the do­mes­tic mar­ket ... with Jan­uary in par­tic­u­lar per­form­ing very strongly”.

A tourist takes a selfie at Port Dou­glas' Wildlife Habi­tat

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