International Visitor Survey shows international tourism growth for Newcastle and the Hunter

By , 17/12/2018 16:21

GROWTH: Senator Arthur Sinodinos said the International Visitor Survey’s 14 per cent uptick for 2017 was good news for Hunter tourism operators.OVERSEAS visitors spend an average of $1122 during their Hunter stays, new figures indicate.

Tourism Research ’s International Visitor Survey found 194,000 international visitors came to the Hunter in the year to December 2017.

The visitor figure is a 14 per cent rise, while the spending average reflects a 12 per cent rise. All up, the survey reports that spend accountingfor $218 million poured in the Hunter economy.

Nationally overseas tourism rose 6 per cent to hit8.1 million, with nights stayed up five per cent to 265 million. The total tourist spend rose to$41.3 billion

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Senator Arthur Sinodinos said theHunter’s cultural offerings were gaining traction with international visitors.

“The vineyards, beaches and other natural and cultural attractions of the region are growing in appeal to overseas travellers and that’s positive news for local tourism operators,” he said.

Chinese visitors remain the top spenders, putting $10.4 billion in to in 2017.

The Newcastle Herald reported in February that a NSW Business Chamber report found regional areas were missing out on their slice of the state’s $3.2 billion Chinese tourism spend due to insufficient infrastructure, with most of that figure sunk into Sydney.

Hunter Business Chamber chief executive Bob Hawes said at the timeDestination NSW and Tourism needed to “tune in” to the wholesale networks in China that organise holidays and tours in order to entice the tourists to visit the region.

“It isnot like we have to go out and cut the pathway ourselves, they are already coming here,” Mr Hawes said.

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