Queensland raked in a record $15.7 billion from overnight travel in the last year with growth in the business tourism sector set to see that number grow in the future.
QLD Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said Domestic Visitor Survey data released today showed domestic overnight visitor expenditure had grown 5.6 per cent in the year to September 2017.
“Our domestic visitor numbers are now at a record high of 22.1 million – that’s year on year growth of 9.7 per cent,” she said.
“This is a great sign for the industry with plenty of growth in the number of high-yielding business travellers coming to our great state.
“We saw 24.6 per cent growth in this sector with 5,113,000 visitors heading to Queensland in the year to September.
“This is a great indicator of things to come for our tourism operators because we know when people come to Queensland for conferences, they often return with their family.”
Ms Jones said Queensland led Australia when it came to holiday nights, recording 37,052,000 over the last year based on 0.5 per cent growth.
But the Minister said there was still plenty of work to be done.
“We have posted strong growth over the last year but so have NSW and Victoria in many areas,” she said.
“We need to remain vigilant when it comes to developing new attractions and marketing ourselves to visitors to ensure we’re ahead of the curve in years to come.
“That’s why the Palaszczuk Government is investing $36 million in grants for tourism operators to develop new attractions in Queensland.”