Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Steady as She Goes for Coast's Tourists

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Steady as She Goes for Coast's Tourists

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Byline: Kerryn Manifold kerryn.manifold@scnews.com.au

SUNSHINE Coast accommodation operators have found comfort in the latest domestic tourism figures which show numbers have held steady despite a marked decline around the state.

Tourism minister Desley Boyle recently released details of the National Visitor Survey which also showed people holidaying here were staying for longer. To June 30, the numbers of visitors coming to Queensland dropped 3.2% but they spent a record $12.5 billion.

While the number of Australians holidaying in destinations like the Gold Coast dropped 9%, to just less than 3.5 million, compared to 2006-2007, the number of tourists choosing to come to the Sunshine Coast remained steady at 2.9 million.

The number of nights domestic tourists spent here was up by 5% to about 12 million and expenditure jumped by $172 million to $1.8 billion.

Ms Boyle said the Coast remained one of Queensland's top destinations.

"The region managed to hold its own," she said. …

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