Over­seas vis­i­tors up for re­gion

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

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.

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