Queensland's tourism market share continues to grow

Published: Comments:
Political Tourism

Social:   

Queensland continues to grow its international tourism market share, with the latest data today showing international tourists spent more in Queensland in 2018 than ever before.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said market share grew almost one per cent in the year ended December 2018 according to International Visitor Survey Data released today.

“International visitors spent a record $5.9 billion last year which is great news for Queensland’s tourism industry and more than 200,000 workers who rely on this sector for a living,” Ms Jones said.

“These figures show that our strategic focus on high-value travellers is delivering a strong return for Queensland.

“In the last year, we’ve seen 13.3 per cent growth in international visitor expenditure – growing faster than NSW and Victoria.

“China remains Queensland’s largest international market with Chinese visitors spending more than $1.4 billion in Queensland in 2018, an all-time record and a 25.4 per cent increase from 2017.”

Visitors from the United States also spent a record $414.9 million, a 15.2 per cent increase in 2018 while education and visiting friends and relatives (VFR) travel also supported Queensland’s strong expenditure growth.

Education visitation was up 6.5 per cent to a record 116,000 people who spent a record $1.7 billion – an increase of 32.7 per cent. VFR travel also reached records, growing five per cent to a record 720,000 visitors who spent a record $818.1 million - up 18.4 per cent.

Business travel grew 13.5 per cent to 212,000 visitors who spent $300.9 million - up 17.9 per cent.

Ms Jones said the latest results were proof that the Palaszczuk Government’s strategy to grow Queensland’s tourism industry was working.

“Since 2014, we’ve grown Queensland’s international visitor market by nearly $2 billion – reaching $5.9 billion for the first time today,” she said.

“We restored more than $188 million cut from the tourism budget by the LNP and we’re investing more in this industry than any other government in Queensland’s history.

“Today’s data proves that our investment is already paying off.

“Queensland is known around the world for our exceptional holiday experiences whether you’re visiting the Gold Coast, Cairns or having an outback adventure.

“Tourism is a $25 billion industry in Queensland, employing 217,000 people and the Palaszczuk Government is committed to growing this sector in the future.”


Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones

 
Tourism And Events Queensland :
Level 25, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle Street Brisbane QLD 4000, Brisbane
07 3535 3535
07 3535 5563
Tourism And Events Queensland
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
State Budget boost for Queensland tourism 11 June 2019 | Queensland’s rapidly growing tourism sector will be supported with more than $153 million in funding from the Palaszczuk Government announced in today’s State Budget. More information...
Brisbane to host world-first operatic masterpiece 29 May 2019 | In a world first, Brisbane will host a brand-new production of Richard Wagner’s operatic masterpiece Der Ring des Nibelungen, or ‘The Ring’, set to play out over four weeks in late 2020. More information...
Footy stars to show juniors their tricks at inaugural Magic Round 24 April 2019 | Two weeks out from one of the biggest events on the rugby league calendar, junior footy clubs across Brisbane are set to capitalise when the biggest names in football converge on the River City. More information...
Queensland's tourism industry braces for bumper Easter 18 April 2019 | New research shows Queensland’s tourism industry is about to enter one of its busiest annual holiday periods, bolstered this year with a series of public holidays. More information...
New bushwalk ecotrail reveals perfect views of Moreton Bay 17 April 2019 | Keen bush walkers can now enjoy 360-degree views of Moreton Bay and Quandamooka Country from a lookout atop one of Minjerribah’s (North Stradbroke Island) highest peaks. More information...
Australia Zoo tourism project to create jobs on the Sunny Coast 15 April 2019 | The Palaszczuk Government has today announced it will partner with Australia Zoo to deliver an $8 million wildlife camping experience on the Sunshine Coast. More information...
Riding the wave to a career in tourism and hospitality 04 April 2019 | Hey Queensland, there’s never been a better time to launch a career in tourism. More information...
Queensland's tourism market share continues to grow 01 April 2019 | Queensland continues to grow its international tourism market share, with the latest data today showing international tourists spent more in Queensland in 2018 than ever before. More information...
Sunshine Coast to host key tourism industry events 08 March 2019 | Tourism industry leaders will gather on the Sunshine Coast this November for three key tourism events – The Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s Indigenous Tourism Forum, the annual DestinationQ Forum and the... More information...
Student satisfaction survey shows Queensland is on top 22 February 2019 | New data released today shows Queensland education providers performed above the national average in almost every category following an extensive national survey of international students. More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service