Aussie tourists spend­ing more

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

AUSTRALIAN do­mes­tic overnight trav­ellers are spend­ing more than ever be­fore in Queens­land pump­ing $15.3 bil­lion into the state econ­omy.

Tourism and Ma­jor Events Min­is­ter Kate Jones said the lat­est Tourism Re­search Aus­tralia data showed con­tin­u­ing strong growth in vis­i­tor num­bers and ex­pen­di­ture. Re­gional Queens­land per­formed well, with about three quar­ters of ex­pen­di­ture in Queens­land com­ing from out­side Bris­bane.

“The growth we have seen in ex­pen­di­ture of 5.8 per cent is nearly dou­ble the growth rate of New South Wales,” Ms Jones said.

“More Aus­tralians are choos­ing to hol­i­day in Queens­land with close to half of our do­mes­tic mar­ket ex­pen­di­ture – $7 bil­lion – com­ing from peo­ple hol­i­day­ing in the state.

“In the year to March we saw Aus­tralians take more than 21 mil­lion trips to Queens­land over the past year, a growth of 4.3 per cent, ex­ceed­ing the na­tional av­er­age of 3.1 per cent.

“Those visi­tors stayed a to­tal of 83 mil­lion nights, up 5 per cent.”

Ms Jones said busi­ness visi­tors to Queens­land grew more than 10 per cent and busi­ness ex­pen­di­ture up by al­most 5 per cent.

“The strong growth we are see­ing in our busi­ness travel to Queens­land is a strong vote of con­fi­dence in our state econ­omy and a strong sign of state’s grow­ing ca­pac­ity to pro­vide ex­cep­tional busi­ness events,” she said.

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