More international tourists are visiting the New England staying longer and spending more, according to the latest tourism data, Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said today.
Mr Joyce welcomed the recent International Visitor Survey figures which show thousands of international visitors have travelled to the New England and spent more than $457 million in the year to March 2017.
“These figures show the New England tourism industry continues to go from strength to strength,” Mr Joyce said.
“This is fantastic news for New England and the 3,500 local tourism jobs and 1,600 tourism businesses. A growing tourism industry will continue to drive our local economy and create more jobs in New England.”
Produced by Tourism Research Australia, the survey shows 542,000 international tourists visited the New England North West, Hunter and North Coast tourism zones which cover the New England Electorate, an increase of 14, 25 and 24 per cent respectively from the previous three years.
International visitors spent $457 million while in the New England North West, Hunter and North Coast tourism zones, an increase of 52, 27 and 29 per cent from the previous three years.
Nationally, tourists from across the globe spent a record $39.8 billion during the 262 million nights they spent in Australia, a five per cent increase from the previous year.
“The national and local results are an indication of the Turnbull/Joyce Government’s commitment to boost our tourism industry,” Mr Joyce said
“International visitors and spending in regional Australia are both up 29 per cent over the last three years. Asian markets recorded the fastest growth in spend for the year, while the United States visitation and spend shows a strong resurgence.
The International Visitor Survey is available on the Tourism Research Australia website: www.tra.gov.au.