Tuesday, February 20, 2018

NSW attracts over 50% of visitors to Australia

Minister for tourism and major events Adam Marshall said Tourism Research Australia’s independent figures reconfirmed tourism as one of the State’s strongest growth sectors.

“We’ve seen record levels of tourism dollars fly into Sydney and rural and regional NSW, turbocharging local economies, generating jobs and investment,” Mr Marshall said.

“Last year NSW attracted 3.9 million visitors, a growth of 13 per cent on the previous year, smashing the growth rate of other states and increasing visitor spend by $1.1 billion.

“Visitors have voted with their passports, NSW is the place to visit and enjoy.

“Expenditure growth in NSW of 13 per cent was more than double that of Victoria and more than triple that of Queensland meaning NSW continues to stand supreme as the number one state for tourism – and our lead is growing.”

Mr Marshall said while Sydney remained the number one destination for overseas visitors, with record growth figures, visitation to rural and regional NSW had also seen a significant increase.

“Sydney continues to lead all Australian capital cities achieving its highest volumes of international visitors and expenditure on record while rural and regional NSW has also increased its number of international visitors, by an impressive 11.5 per cent,” Mr Marshall said.

“These results demonstrate the State is reaping the benefits of the NSW Government’s significant ongoing investment in tourism and major events, with the goal of doubling tourism expenditure by 2020.

“We are entering an exciting time for tourism in both Sydney and rural and regional NSW, seeing the sector reenergised through innovative reforms and record investment to attract more visitors to experience destinations right across NSW.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Turning up the turndown service

I was recently reminded of turndown services whilst staying at a South Australian hotel. Having not requested a turndown service in some time, I arranged the service for one evening – and to my surprise, the service included everything but the ‘turning down’ of the bed.

Say g’day to Australia’s newest, largest park network

In a move that promises to transform Australia’s caravan and camping sector, Discovery Parks has acquired the Top Parks brand, creating Australia’s largest network of parks.

The big problems with booking direct

Conscious of the impact on accommodation providers, I decided to book a recent trip directly through hotel websites. To my disappointment, the process was not a simple one.