Regional NSW an international tourist magnet
Regional NSW attracted a whopping one million international tourists last year.
But the good news doesn’t stop there, figures from the International Visitor Survey show they are staying far longer and spending more, turbocharging local economies, generating jobs and boosting investment into our regions.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said Tourism Research Australia’s independent figures reconfirmed tourism is one of the State’s strongest growth sectors. Standout regions include the Northern Coast of NSW with 331,000 international visitors and the Hunter Region with 171,000 visitors.
“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.
Mr Marshall said these fantastic results demonstrate the State is reaping the benefits of the NSW Government’s significant ongoing investment in tourism and major events, with the aim 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.”
To support the tourism industry to continue to grow the Federal Government has committed a record $639 million to Tourism Australia to market our great nation overseas.
The International Visitor Survey is available on the Tourism Research Australia website: www.tra.gov.au