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Resurgence of international visitors continues

06 March 2013

Confidence is continuing to grow in Queensland’s tourism sector, with increasing numbers of international visitors travelling to the state in 2012.

Minister for Tourism, Jann Stuckey, said the latest International Visitor Survey released today shows that two million overseas visitors spent $3.8 billion and 44 million nights in Queensland in 2012.

“Both these figures are increases on the year prior,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The China market continued to grow, with the number of Chinese visitors to Queensland up 27 per cent to 261,000 and their spending up 22 per cent to $468 million.

“While China remains Queensland’s second largest international visitor market overall, it is now the largest source of international holiday visitors to Queensland.

“The addition of China Southern Airlines services into Brisbane and the new China Eastern Airlines flights to Cairns have contributed to these figures.

“Travel from Queensland’s largest international market, New Zealand, remained stable with 408,000 visitors spending $521 million.”

Ms Stuckey said the number of US travellers was up eight per cent to 160,000, and they spent more, up nine per cent to $258 million.

“This reinforces US travellers’ love of Queensland, and was likely fuelled by the increase in direct services between Queensland and the US over the past year,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Encouragingly, Japanese visitors to Queensland also increased, up seven per cent to 177,000.

“These are the first signs of recovery from this market since Japan’s natural disasters in 2011.”

Continental European travellers to Queensland increased by three per to 269,000, and the declines from the UK market over recent years stabilised with 192,000 visitors.

Ms Stuckey said tourism was one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy, and the 2012 figures demonstrated a positive outlook for the state in 2013.

[ENDS] 6 March 2013


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