New England region continued to boast an impressive number of domestic tourists visiting the region, 1.6 million, according to the latest National Visitor Statistics for the year ending June 2018,
The numbers are up 4.2 per cent. Visitors stayed 4.6 million nights (up 8.9 per cent) and spent over $636 million in visitor expenditure (up 19.5 per cent).
Local MP Adam Marsahall said we were seeing expediential tourism growth in our region each year.
“These record results are truly a feather in our cap,” he said.
“A healthy visitor economy is vital for our local economies, instilling business confidence, encouraging investment and generating jobs.
“These results are the highest on record and show the work the NSW Government is doing in delivering results for the tourism industry which directly employs more than 171,000 people in our State.
“The NSW Government has set the State’s first regional tourism target of $25 billion in visitor expenditure in rural and regional NSW by 2030, so that every corner of NSW gets its fair share of the record tourist dollars.”
Mr Marshall said the impressive growth in spend (+15.2%) was almost double NSW’s nearest contender, Victoria (+8.0%).