8 August 2005 TOURISM UPDATE POINTS TO CHALLENGING TIMES AHEAD
A significant increase in Australians travelling overseas and a slowing domestic economy have been identified as potential risks in the latest Noosa Tourism Monitor that will be released at an industry update forum on August 16.
Tourism Noosa CEO Phil Harman said the number of Australians travelling overseas had jumped 19% in the year to May 05.
"Some of the key overseas competitive destinations to Noosa have been particularly strong - for example Australians travelling to Bali is up an incredible 33% on last year and despite the tsunami, Thailand is up 24%.
"Pacific destinations such as Vanuatu, New Zealand and Fiji are all attracting Australians in record numbers which places more competitive pressure on Noosa as our market has a high propensity to travel internationally", Mr Harman said.
The industry update will provide Noosa businesses with the latest national trends, which show that the Australian economy has slowed, especially in New South Wales, where economic activity has been weak with GDP growth of only 1% compared with a national average of 2.7%.
"Although this would normally mean that the Australia outbound market would be weaker, the high value of the Australian dollar and the pent-up demand after the SARS and September 11 has meant that overseas destinations have been real winners in these more challenging economic times", Mr Harman said.
"On a more positive note, the latest research shows that the growth in international arrivals to Australia is a real opportunity and satisfaction with Noosa main beach is now at record levels, with 70% of visitors to Main Beach very satisfied", Mr Harman said.
The industry update will have a special focus on tours and transport as well as a presentation from Tourism Australia on growing the international market.
The industry update will be held on Tuesday August 16 from 3pm-5pm at the South Pacific Resort in Weyba Road.
The update will be followed by the inaugural "Noscars" - a lighthearted look at the past year in tourism that will be held at Humid Restaurant starting at 6pm. Tickets cost $25 and can be reserved by contacting Kathryn at Tourism Noosa on 5474 3700.
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