Today’s International Visitor Survey from Tourism Research Australia for the June 2016 quarter (available here) provides some good news for Queensland, and particularly the Tropical North.
The numbers for Queensland were better still with visitors growing 11.3% to almost 2.5 million with expenditure up just 10.6%; as a result the average expenditure per visitor fell slightly by 0.6% (these are in nominal terms so the real decline would be about 2%).
Better still was the TNQ result. Visitor numbers rose by 13.3% although the average expenditure per visitor fell by 4.2%.
When we consider the TNQ data in more detail we see that, once again, the Chinese have been responsible for a good deal of the out-performance. Visitors from China to the region grew by 33.1% (up 22.7% to Australia overall). The US continues recent strong form up 18.1% with Japan also recording solid growth (up 17.6%). Visitors from the UK were up just 4.9% for the year.
The National Visitor Survey should be released in a fortnight.