International tourists continue to flock to the North Coast in droves, each spending more than $662 while they are in our towns.
Figures from this week’s International Visitor Survey showed 344,000 international travellers experienced tourism sites and activities on the North Coast. This equated to a spend of $228 million in the year to September 2017.
More tourists are visiting the Hastings, Manning and Great Lakes and spending 16 per cent more this year than last year – which contributes to job creation and boosts our local economies.
I’m pleased to see our region’s tourism attractions continue to be popular with overseas travellers.
It shows regional marketing has breakthrough with international visitors, and that is great for local tourism operators.
Tourism Research Australia’s survey shows international visitors to our region grew by 27 per cent and spending increased by 36 per cent from the previous three years.
Tourism is responsible for a large portion of the country’s economic growth, that’s why the federal Coalition government continues to invest in growing this key sector.
The IVS also revealed spending by Chinese tourists has reached a new record in Australia - exceeding $10 billion for the first time.
The record spending occurred during the China-Australia Year of Tourism, initiated by the federal Coalition government.
We continue to maximise the potential of China – Australia’s fastest growing and most valuable inbound tourism market - to create new Australian jobs.
The International Visitor Survey is available at tra.gov.au