International tourism growth surge for Gold Coast
The Gold Coast continues to surge with international tourism numbers reaching a new high.
Tourism Research Australia has reported the Coast as having a record-breaking financial year, reaching new heights in both international visitor arrivals and international visitor expenditure in 2015-16.
There has been substantial tourism growth statewide with Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones announcing international visitation in the 12 months to June 2016 grew a further 11 per cent with 2.5 million visitors generating $5.1 billion in overnight expenditure.
"We've seen growth from the Asian markets of China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea and Western Markets of Germany, USA and New Zealand," Ms Jones said.
Brisbane and the Gold Coast have the largest international visitation numbers on record, reaching 1.17 million and 984,000 visitors respectively.
Ms Jones said overnight expenditure on the Gold Coast had reached a record $1.3 billion with 14.3 per cent more international visitors than the previous financial year.
Gold Coast Tourism Chief Executive Office Martin Winter said the Gold Coast continues to perform well across a number of its core markets.
He said it was particularly the case for China, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
"Improved aviation connectivity contributed to these record-breaking results; specifically for China with direct services into the Gold Coast Airport and the reinstatement of the Qantas Tokyo-Brisbane service," Mr Winter said.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the city was reaping the dividends of a collaborative effort, combined with the destination's increasingly diverse tourism offerings.
"We rolled out the red carpet to welcome more international visitors and they've taken us up on the offer, in record numbers," Cr Tate said.
"This has been no accident and has involved a strong commitment between Gold Coast Airport, Gold Coast Tourism and our key partners in the regions.
"I applaud everyone involved and know these figures are translating into jobs for our children right here on the Gold Coast."
Photo credit: Gold Coast Tourism