Saturday, 28 May 2016

NSW leads for tourism

NEW SOUTH WALES is the number one state in #Australia for total visitor nights, numbers, and expenditure in both the international and domestic stakes, with Regional #NSW far ahead of its rivals in total visitor numbers.

In the year ended December 2015, Regional NSW received 689,700 international visitors who stayed 14 million nights in the state and spent AU$914 million, according to Tourism Research, Australia’s international visitor survey.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres has welcomed this announcement pointing out that NSW was the clear winner in regional tourism within Australia. ‘It’s pleasing to see the whole state benefit from Regional NSW’s thriving visitor economy. Best of all, these figures represent an increase on the previous year ended December 2014, with Regional NSW experiencing 8.5 percent more visitors, 15.1 percent more nights and 30.2 percent more visitor expenditure.’

‘The international appeal of regional NSW destinations including Byron Bay on the north coast and the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains have encouraged significant growth in international visitor numbers, with the unspoilt south coast and the wine producing Riverina region also recording growth from international markets.’

The state also saw increases in the number of domestic holidaymakers.

‘From pristine beaches to snowfields, and rainforests to the awe-inspiring Outback, NSW is Australia’s most geographically diverse state and offers international visitors an experience like no other,’ says Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase. ‘Combine that with a world-class calendar of regional events and you have the complete visitor experience.’

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