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In the year ending September 2016, there were 3.66 million domestic overnight visitors to the Gold Coast; a 3.8% increase on the previous year’s results. Domestic overnight visitor expenditure was up to $2.9 billion, 4.3% higher than the previous year.

During the same period, there were 8.5 million domestic daytrips taken on the Gold Coast, an 11% increase on the preceding 12 months. Daytrip visitor expenditure was 18% higher, reaching $818 million.

Market News

New Qantas Services from Melbourne and Sydney to the Gold Coast - Jul 2015
Qantas announced new daily Melbourne-Gold Coast Boeing 737 flights will commence on 25 October to help the carrier meet the growing demand for premium leisure services on this route. Other schedule changes will see an additional daily Qantas frequency between Sydney and the Gold Coast from February next year. Read more

Jetstar to fly daily from Avalon to the Gold Coast - Jun 2015
Jetstar will fly daily from Avalon to Gold Coast from 26 October 2015. Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive David Hall says the new flights to the South-East Queensland tourist destination was in response to community demand and represented about 65,000 extra seats a year at Avalon. Read more

RBA reports on the impact of the AUD on domestic travel - Mar 2015
Over recent years, the Australian tourism industry has experienced challenging conditions. However, the fundamental conditions facing the industry have become more favourable, supported by the depreciation of the Australian dollar. Read more

Market Intel

TTF Survey shows impact of falling Australian Dollar
According to research released by the Tourism and Transport Forum Australia (TTF), nearly 40% of Australians have changed their travel intentions because of the falling Australian dollar, with 56% of Australians intending to take a domestic holiday in the next 12 months. The national survey also found that 7% of respondents had already switched their intended international destination for one with a cheaper currency; while 5% have switched from an international to a domestic travel destination. The research also found that 15% expect to travel to more domestic destinations as a result of the lower Aussie dollar.

TNS Research into the Australian traveller
TNS conducted research into the Australian travel market; their mindset, attitudes to travel and outlook for the Australian travel industry. A factsheet outlining the key findings is available for Gold Coast Tourism members. To retrieve a copy, simply email Heidi.Andrews@gctourism.com.

Who can I talk to?

David Cox, Manager - Trade Australia
David.Cox@gctourism.com

Molly Dunn, Manager - Australia Marketing
Molly.Dunn@gctourism.com