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Published on : Thursday, July 30, 2015
The number of international visitors to Brisbane has reached one million for the first time with expenditure hitting record highs, according to new tourism research.The latest International Visitor Survey from Tourism Research Australia revealed overseas visitors spent $1.7 billion in Brisbane in the year ended March 2015, up 10.8 per cent on the year before.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the survey revealed that total international visitor numbers increased by 7.2 per cent to one million while holiday visitors were up 10.3 per cent over the same period.“International visitor numbers and spending in Brisbane have reached record levels with expenditure more than doubling in ten years, from $802 million in 2005,” Cr Quirk said.
“Brisbane scored some impressive wins in our key international markets, with the number of visitors from China up 21.9 per cent in the year to March and the number of visiting New Zealanders increasing 6.3 per cent,” he said.“We also saw impressive growth from India, with visitor numbers rising 50 per cent.”
Cr Quirk said Brisbane’s hosting of the G20 Leaders Summit would have contributed to the rise in the number of international visitors.“Not only did the G20 attract thousands of delegates and media when it was staged, the world-wide exposure of Brisbane would have created more awareness of the city in international markets,” he said.