AUSTRALIANS are spending a record $35 million a week holidaying around Cairns and Far North Queensland.
The latest National Visitor Survey (NVS) shows
domestic visitors to the region spent $1.84 billion in the year to June 30, the
highest in 16 years. A Tourism and Events Queensland report said the number of
Australians travelling to the region rose 10.6 per cent to 1.8 million. “The slight decline in holiday
visitors (1 per cent) was offset by a strong lift in business travel. This
business travel was predominantly intrastate with a large proportion
intra-regional,” it said. Most came from within Queensland (1.3m) and from interstate
Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief
executive Alex de Waal said both domestic and international visitation trends
were positive and momentum was growing. “Expenditure has hit new highs
with domestic travellers bringing in $1.84 billion for the year ending June
2015, an 8.7 per cent jump,” he said. “The extraordinary growth that
is documented via the NVS data June 2015 is consistent with airport data and
advice from TTNQ membership in terms of domestic demand. “Tropical North Queensland’s
strong performance in the domestic market is amplified by the significant
growth we have experienced from our target international markets.”
Cairns Airport “Cairns has an excellent
aeronautical general manager Janice Antonson said the survey results
corresponded with continued growth through the domestic terminal, which drew
almost four million passengers a year.
domestic aviation network and airlines are continuing to add future services to
meet ongoing demand,” she said. Passions of Paradise chief
executive Scotty Garden said about 20 per cent of their passengers were from
the domestic market. “The domestic market started growing for Passions after the global
financial crisis hit and has remained strong since then,” he said.
Hilton Cairns hotel
general manager John Lucas said not only did the business market grow, but so
did leisure travellers, reinforced by the weakening Australian dollar.