Tropical North on track to hit tourism target
TOURISM is expected to continue thriving in Tropical North Queensland over the coming years with visitor numbers already exceeding targets forecast for 2022.
Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive officer, Alex de Waal attended Mareeba Chamber of Commerce’s recent luncheon and revealed there had been 2.9 million visitors to the TNQ region last financial year.
“There was a 13 per cent growth in the international side of the equation,” he said. “We had 860,000 international visitors coming to our doorstep and a 13.6 per cent growth on the domestic side, which is two million visitors.
“The domestic market is significantly larger than the international, but the international provides for a different composition of demand.”
Mr de Waal said TNQ was one of the few destinations in Australia that looked like it would achieve 2022 targets.
“We’re significantly above those at the moment – we’re around the 2018/2019 mark at the moment.”
Mareeba Chamber of Commerce chairman, Joe Moro said the chamber luncheon was a part of a series of workshops that would be held over the next month to increase the awareness of the importance of tourism to the area.