Tourism figures rebound
DOMESTIC tourism is on the up according to the latest National Visitor Survey statistics released by Tourism Research Australia.
The survey showed that intrastate visitation to the Whitsundays recovered significantly in the last quarter of 2013, growing by 7.5 per cent for the year ending December 2013.
Also in the survey period, a total 505,000 domestic visitors came to the Whitsundays boosting domestic visitation by 5.2 per cent.
While a strong growth in intrastate visitors was recorded with 331,000 visitors to the region, interstate visitors showed a growth of 0.6 per cent.
Although visitor nights declined, growth in domestic visitor expenditure has increased by 17.5 per cent which equates to a boost of $104.5 million into the local economy.
Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited chief executive officer Danial Rochford said these were terrific results for the region.
He said the Whitsundays was one of just two Queensland destinations to record double-digit growth in visitor expenditure, with the region experiencing the third largest growth in domestic visitors for the year ending December 2013, after the Townsville and Tropical North Queensland regions.