Overseas visitors up for region
MORE international visitors holidayed on the New South Wales north coast last year than ever before.
The International Visitor Survey released this week showed 331,000 international visitors travelled to the region and spent $198 million in the year to December.
Produced by Tourism Research Australia, the survey shows an increase of 28% in visitation from three years ago.
Visitor nights also recorded growth, with international tourists staying 359,000 nights, or an average of 11 nights per visitor – an increase of almost 20% from three years ago.
“More international tourists are visiting our region and are staying longer and spending more,” Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said.
“This is great news for our community and local tourism jobs.
“The survey shows the tourism industry on the north coast continues to register strong growth, driving local jobs and economic growth.
“Tourism remains an important focus for the government.”
The survey can be viewed online at www.tra.gov.au.