FNQ tourism figures highlighted in Federal Parliament


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Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch

Latest figures show Tropical North Queensland was the 6th most popular destination for international tourists and the 10th most visited destination for domestic travellers in Australia in the 12 months to March.

According to Tourism Australia’s latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, International tourism to the region is down slightly but domestic visitation is tracking positively.

Fewer than one million international visitors came to the far north to March 2019 with just 849,000 people coming here from overseas.

Most of the international tourists coming to Tropical North Queensland are from China, India, USA, and UK.

This represents a three per cent decrease in the number of international visitors to Tropical North Queensland when compared to the 12 months to March 2018.

Just over two million domestic visitors visited out region to March this year, up 5.1 per cent for the same period to March 2018. 

Domestic travellers spent a total of $2.26 billion in the region meaning an average spend of $211 per person per night.

While international visitation has decreased, international visitors’ spending has increased 2.7 per cent to $1.07 billion over 12 months.

Tropical North Queensland remains a popular backpacker destination with 164,000 backpackers coming to the region in the 12 months to March.

Tropical North Queensland was the 4th most popular destination for backpackers overall but the most popular regional location for backpackers in Australia.

Leichhardt MP, Warren Entsch, last night made a speech to parliament highlighting the importance of tourism in the far north.

“Tourism is certainly a big deal in my neck of the woods,” he said.

“We have the best natural offerings in the nation, such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and our wet tropics.”

Mr Entsch praised the accommodation and tourism experience operators in the region as well as highlighting the Wangetti Trail as a positive future project. 

“Research has continually shown that people want more for their holidays. They want different and unique experiences and we must adapt to cater to that,” he said.

“One exciting new attraction that will absolutely cater for this is the Wangetti Trail. Once completed it will be a world-leading ecotourism attraction.

“I acknowledge the significant amount from the Queensland government.

“History has shown that when we work together instead of against each other positive things are achieved.

We have a fantastic story to tell and product to sell in Tropical North Queensland and it is high time we start selling it in an effective and pointed manner.” 

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