Additional $2.2 billion injection to Queensland tourism

17 Sep 2012 4:11 PMJann Stuckey

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Australian travellers spent an extra $2.2 billion in Queensland last financial year, a strong indication the State’s tourism industry is on the road to recovery.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said Tourism Research Australia’s National Visitor Survey showed Australians spent almost $14 billion visiting Queensland in the year to June 30 2012.

“This is 19 per cent, or $2.2 billion more than the previous financial year. All up, 18.4 million Australians spent 76.8 million nights in Queensland during the period, both up 10 per cent on the year before,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Newman Government has a target to double overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020, and the survey results show we are on the way to achieving this.

“It’s fantastic to see Australians have supported Queensland by holidaying in the State. Holidaymakers and Australians visiting friends and family made up almost three quarters of Queensland’s domestic visitors in the year to June 30.”

Ms Stuckey said Queensland holidaymakers were the strongest market, with 5.2 million people taking a break at home in the year to June 30, which was an increase of 10 per cent.

More than 4.7 million Queenslanders stayed with friends and relatives during the year, an increase of 32 per cent.

The State’s major tourism regions, including Tropical North Queensland, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast have all shown good results during the period.

Tropical North Queensland was the standout, with visitor expenditure in the region up 19 per cent to $1.8 billion for the year to 30 June.

Visitor expenditure on the Gold Coast during the period was up 13 per cent to $3 billion; Brisbane was up 14 per cent to $3.2 billion; and the Sunshine Coast remained steady at $1.7 billion.

Ms Stuckey said expenditure figures weren’t available for the Whitsundays, but results indicated visitor numbers were up 17 per cent to 590,000 for the year to 30 June.

“The Newman Government recognises tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy and understands the fundamental role it plays in providing regional services, jobs, investment and growth throughout the State,” she said.

“It is important to get tourism back on track if we are to get Queensland back on track, and this survey shows we are certainly heading in the right direction.”

National Visitor Survey information for Queensland regions can be found at www.tq.com.au/research

[ENDS] 12 September