Tourism numbers are up and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved on the tourism front following years of Labor’s neglect of the industry.

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier of Queensland

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Tourism numbers are up for Queensland !

My Government has focused on its significance to the State, naming it one of the four pillars of our economy.

Recent visitors statistics show the number of international visitors increasing 5.5 per cent to 981,000 and expenditure increasing 4.6 per cent to $1.6 billion.

Domestically, total visitors increased 3.1 per cent to 5.04 million, a whopping 17 per cent in holiday visitors to 1.4 million and we saw a 5.1 per cent increase in expenditure to $3.24 billion. This is fantastic for the Queensland economy.

The Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey reinforced this reinforcing that Queensland’s tourism industry received a $1 billion boost in overnight visitor expenditure in the year to September 2013, showing the Newman Government is delivering on its election promises.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey welcomed the bumper result, which combines Tourism Research Australia’s latest National Visitor Survey and the International Visitor Survey figures released last week.

“The latest National Visitor Survey revealed almost 18 million Australians spent more than $14 billion on trips to Queensland,” Ms Stuckey said.

Ms Stuckey said domestic visitor expenditure increased across a range of destinations from north to south.

“The Gold Coast was the most popular holiday destination in the state,” she said.

“In total, the Gold Coast welcomed 3.6 million Australians, including a 42 per cent increase in Sydneysiders, making it their most popular destination.

“In Brisbane, a series of tourism marketing activities and events, ranging from the Bolshoi Ballet to the Brisbane International Tennis, helped to attract a 17 per cent increase in holidaymakers and five per cent increase in overall visitor spend to $3.2 billion.

“A record 1.7 million Australians travelled to Tropical North Queensland in the year to September 2013, a 16 per cent increase on the previous year.”

Ms Stuckey said in the year since Tourism and Events Queensland was created to support industry growth, significant economic and social outcomes had been achieved.

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