Domestic visitors rise
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