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Queensland's international tourism reaches new heights

20 July 2018

Queensland continues to welcome a record number of international visitors each year, with new data showing nearly three million tourists spent $5.5b in the state in the past year.

Acting Tourism Industry Development Minister Shannon Fentiman said the preliminary data released by Tourism Research Australia showed 2.7 million visitors came to Queensland in the year ending March 2018, led by strong growth from China, India and Hong Kong. 

“This preliminary data released by Tourism Research Australia shows tourism in Queensland continues to perform strongly,” she said.

“Queensland has posted record high international visitor numbers and expenditure with China again leading the way with 20 per cent growth in visitors to 517,000 in the year ending March 2018.

“We also saw great growth out of India and Hong Kong, as well as a six per cent increase in overall international visitor spend to $5.5b.”

The preliminary results of the International Visitor Survey showed Hong Kong visitation grew 20 per cent to 72,000 visitors while India increased 41 per cent to 81,000 visitors.

Ms Fentiman said the results underlined the importance of tourism to the economy.

“While the results are encouraging, we know there’s always more work to be done and that’s why we’ll continue to invest in tourism in Queensland to attract new airlines and more direct flights to our state.

“We’re also working hard to continue to build our events calendar and market Queensland as the perfect next holiday destination.

“We’ve already done a lot of work refining Queensland’s unique selling proposition and highlighting the breadth of experiences on offer here to drive visitor expenditure and this is evident in these figures.

“Queensland has a world-class tourism offering with experiences unlike anywhere else in the world and we’ll continue to market that on a global scale to ensure we build on this momentum.

“The tourism industry in Queensland is worth $25b a year and employs 217,000 people which demonstrates the importance of the industry and the role it plays as a driving force of the Queensland economy.”