More Australian and international tourists are visiting the local area and seeing for themselves the beauty and splendour our region has to offer.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said this is fantastic news for the growing local tourism industry which continues to go from strength to strength.
“The National and International Visitor Surveys from Tourism Research Australia showed 6,249,000 domestic and 1,206,000 international tourists travelled to Brisbane and the surrounding region in the last year, an increase by 9 per cent and 5 per cent respectively,” Mr Buchholz said.
“While domestic and international tourism to the Gold Coast and surrounding areas increased by 7 per cent and 9 per cent to 3,908,000 domestic and 1,034,000 international tourists.”
“The survey shows the local tourism industry continues to register strong growth with visitors spending $10 million in the region – which is boosting our local economy.”
Mr Buchholz said the region has so much to offer visitors to the local area.
“The Lockyer Valley is Australia’s ‘salad bowl’, we’re currently celebrating the Scenic Rim Eat Local Week and our region offers country living within a stone’s throw of Brisbane and the Gold Coast,” Mr Buchholz said.
“It’s a great example of what we have to offer visitors, particularly avid foodies who can enjoy our spectacular fresh produce, wines, cheeses and other unique delicacies in our pristine environment.”
“Visitors can tour our beautiful region by foot, road, horse or hot air balloon, it’s a pleasure to share our National Parks, country markets, galleries, museums and farm stays with the world.”
The National Visitor Survey is available on the Tourism Research Australia website: www.tra.gov.au.