Tourism’s reputation as one of the great success stories of the Australian economy continues to shine, with the latest figures setting new domestic travel records in spending, number of trips and nights away in the year to September 2015.
The National Visitor Survey (NVS) results released by Tourism Research Australia yesterday confirmed a 6% increase in overnight visitor spending to AUD 56.9 billion, a 7% increase in overnight trips to 85.3 million and a 5% increase in nights to 318 million – all setting new record highs.
Greeting the new figures, Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) chief executive Margy Osmond said the positive results reinforced the need for government to develop a future economic strategy that put industries such as tourism at the heart of Australia’s economic growth.
“The news out of the tourism sector just gets better and better at a time when the Australian economy is trying to transition away from the mining boom,” Osmond said.
“Domestic visitors account for 76% of all nights spent in hotels, motels and resorts in Australia – so strong growth in spending and overnight stays sends a strong message that Australians love exploring the richness of their own backyards and supporting local economies.
“All states and territories have seen positive results in the year to September with Tasmania (19%), Western Australia (13%) and Northern Territory (13%) leading the charge in the number of overnight visitors with double digit growth.
“Tourism is a beacon of light for the Australian economy and that’s the reason why we need a stronger partnership between government and industry to make sure it can reach its full potential for job creation and economic growth.
“That’s why TTF has joined with other industry leaders in agribusiness, international education, financial services and IT to form the Future Economy Forum – we need to focus government attention on the sectors that hold the best potential for the future of the Australian economy.
“We are looking forward to developing a dialogue with government over the coming year to ensure the policies are in place that will continue to support the great numbers we are seeing in the tourism sector.”
Edited by Peter Needham