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International visitors contribute $129 million to the Sunshine Coast.



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The Hon Fran Bailey MP Minister for Small Business and Tourism 17 December 2004

INTERNATIONAL VISITORS CONTRIBUTE $129 MILLION TO THE SUNSHINE COAST

Spending by international visitors contributed $129 million to the Sunshine Coast in 2003 and is growing strongly, according to a new tourism report issued today.

The new report, Tourism Expenditure by International Visitors in Australia’s Regions 1999-2003 by Tourism Research Australia, provides estimates for international visitor expenditure in Australia’s tourism regions.

Minister for Small Business and Tourism, Fran Bailey MP, said the latest figures on expenditure highlighted the economic significance of international visitors to Australia’s tourism regions.

“Overseas visitors to the Sunshine Coast spent $129 million on goods and services in 2003, making a significant contribution to the economy and creating many jobs,” Fran Bailey said.

“Spending by international visitors to the Sunshine Coast has grown by an average of 9.1 per cent annually between 1999 and 2003, highlighting future growth opportunities from international tourism to the region.

International visitors to the Sunshine Coast region stayed on average nine nights, spending $66 per night and $584 per visit during 2003. Fifty four per cent of the expenditure in the region was on accommodation, food and beverage, one of the highest proportions of all Australia’s tourism regions.

“The Government is committed to growing our international tourism market, which is why we injected an additional $235 million in the Tourism White Paper and continue to strongly promote Brand Australia in our overseas markets,” Fran Bailey said.

The report is available in electronic format can be purchased from Tourism Research Australia, ph (02) 6213 6940, email tra@tourism.australia.com.