International holidaymakers lead tourism growth for Queensland

6 Jun 2013 12:11 PMJann Stuckey

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

More overseas visitors are coming to Queensland, led by a six per cent boost in international holidaymakers.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the International Visitor Survey results for the year ended March 2013, were released today and reveal almost 1.4 million overseas holidaymakers spent $2.1 billion on visits to Queensland.

“This represents increases of six and seven per cent respectively compared with the previous year,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Today’s results are encouraging for the Queensland tourism industry and the State Government and reinforce the value of efforts to provide greater air travel access.

“Queensland recorded higher increases than the national average across several international markets including China (up 23%), the US (up 11%), Japan (up 7%), Germany (up 12%) and Singapore (up 34%).”

Key results included:

·         international visitors increased five per cent to more than two million

·         visitor nights increased 11 per cent to 45.5 million

·         international visitor spending in Queensland increased four per cent to almost $4 billion.

“Our goal is to grow annual overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020 and today’s figures again show that aviation access will be the key,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The growth figures highlight the importance of continuing our work through the $8 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, established last year to secure new aviation business into Queensland.

“A record 279,000 Chinese visitors travelled to Queensland in the year to March 2013, fuelled by increased air access into the State, particularly for times of high demand like Chinese New Year celebrations.

“One year on from Scoot Airlines’ arrival to the Gold Coast, the State is reaping the rewards welcoming 71,000 Singaporeans, with the Gold Coast in particular benefiting with a 67 per cent increase to 40,000 visitors.

“The US market also continues to be a strong performer with more direct services leading to double-digit growth compared with the same time last year.”

Ms Stuckey said the important international youth travel market from Continental Europe had also performed strongly in the year to March, increasing 11 per cent.

“Despite a troubled economic climate several European markets recorded increases including Germany (up 12% to 76,000), France (up 5% to 40,000), Italy (up 20% to 24,000) and Switzerland (up 20% to 18,000),” she said.

“The UK market continued to show signs of stabilising with 139,000 holidaymakers travelling to the state in the year to March 2013.

“Japanese visitors also continued to recover, up seven per cent to 175,000.

“Queensland’s largest international market, New Zealand, remained stable with 409,000 visitors spending $520 million.”

For more information on the latest International Visitor Survey visit – www.tq.com.au/research (external site)

[ENDS 5 June 2013]