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Queensland tourism breaks another record for visitor expenditure

20 June 2018

Boat full of visitors overlooking Hervey Bay

Queensland has set tourism expenditure records for the tenth consecutive quarterly survey, with 21.8 million domestic overnight visitors injecting $16.2 billion into the state’s economy over the past year.

The latest Tourism Research Australia data for the year ending March 2018 showed Queensland’s 5.8 per cent growth in visitor expenditure surpassed the national average and contributed significantly to Australia’s strong growth in domestic tourism.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones says the record breaking figures are a testament to the fact that Queensland is leading the way when it comes to tourism growth.

“We’re working hard not only to drive more visitors to Queensland but to attract the right kind of tourists.

“The fact that we’ve notched up our tenth consecutive record for visitor expenditure shows this strategy is paying off – domestic visitors are staying longer and spending more in our state which is great for the local tourism industry.

“In this latest round of figures, much of this is driven by the holiday market as well as the business sector. Queensland remains a favourite destination for Australians, with holiday expenditure increasing in total by 5.5 per cent to a record $7.4 billion.

“Interstate travellers are continuing to spend big when they come here.

“While they make up less than a third of the state’s domestic visitors, they spend more than $7.5 billion, which is equivalent to almost half of the total expenditure in Queensland - 46.6 per cent.

Ms Jones said Brisbane continued to record strong growth in visitor expenditure with the government’s investment in world-class events continuing to drive visitation.

“The Battle of Brisbane between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao in July last year attracted record crowds at Suncorp Stadium. We also saw the Royal Ballet return to Australia for the first time in 15 years as part of QPAC’s international series – this gave people a great opportunity to visit our capital city,” she said.

“Many of our regional areas also performed well, with expenditure in the Fraser Coast, the Outback, as well as Tropical North Queensland and the Southern Great Barrier Reef growing strongly.

Ms Jones said today’s figures showed most of the regions affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017 have bounced back.

“This just goes to show how resilient we are in Queensland,” she said.


View the facsheet for the year ending March 2018

View the domestic tourism snapshot for the year ending March 2018