North Coast tourism figures show growth in visitor numbers, nights stayed and money spent

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Domestic and international visitors have made their choice and reaffirmed New South Wales as Australia’s premier tourism state, with the latest independent survey results for the year ending September 2018 showing it to be the most popular destination for both groups.

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the results were fantastic news for the North Coast.

“Our beautiful region welcomed 5.6 million domestic tourists and 353,700 international travellers which is wonderful news for our local economy and associated industries,” Mr Bromhead said.

“Domestic visitors to the North Coast spent $3.5 billion during their stay, which is an increase of 16.1 per cent on the previous year.

“This means more heads on hotel beds, people in our restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops, spending money and driving our local visitor economy.

“Tourism is all about encouraging people to see and experience more of our stunning region and ensuring they have a great time, but it’s also critical to sustaining business and creating new jobs.”

“We want to ensure tourism continues to thrive in our region to ensure everyone reaps the benefit of having visitors from far and wide spend their hard earned vacations and valuable tourism dollars right here.”

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall, said NSW was in a golden era.

“These impressive numbers are turbocharging our economy, generating jobs and driving investment in local communities as tourists yet again choose to visit NSW ahead of all other states,” Mr Marshall said.

“Internationally, NSW received 4.3 million visitors who stayed 95.5 million nights and spent $10.6 billion.

“Domestically, we welcomed 33.6 million overnight visitors who stayed 105.1 million nights and for the first time ever, these visitors spent more than $20 billion.

“The results speak to the broad appeal of NSW; we really do have something for everyone, with our Sydney icons and city skyline, renowned beaches and waterways, outback and bush adventures, world-class food and wine, and impressive major events calendar.”