The impact that the domestic tourism boom is having in Tropical North Queensland can be clearly seen below. The expenditure figures include both overnight and day trips. Domestic tourism has added more than $500 million extra this year over last; that’s an increase of more than 24% y/y.
International tourism expenditure is also up by $100 million for the year; that’s a 13% increase.
While the China boom is obviously have a huge impact in Cairns, the region as a whole is actually benefiting more from the surge in domestic tourism numbers.