File 12 months for The Whitsundays as home guests surge 179% on 2019 ranges

Australia’s home tourism growth continues to drive enterprise for native operators with The Whitsundays reporting its largest 12 months of home visitation in 2022.  

Nationwide Customer Survey (NVS) information launched in December confirmed a file 923,000 home guests, who spent $1.5 billion {dollars} in The Whitsundays, a rise of 179% on 2019 information.

Queenslanders made up the vast majority of the guests (69%) however interstate travellers additionally reached new information up 18.9% on 2019 figures to 274,000.

“Choose home markets have at all times recognized concerning the attraction of The Whitsundays, however the progress we’re seeing in home visitation reveals that extra of Australia is now acquainted and assured about this distinctive vacation expertise,” stated Tourism Whitsundays Chief Government Officer, Rick Hamilton.

“It’s encouraging to see extra of Australia discovering and experiencing The Whitsundays as a result of we will compete with wherever on the earth for the vary of experiences, distinctive sights and placement.

The Whitsundays is closely reliant on tourism with 1 in 3 jobs within the area straight associated to tourism, and 40% of all visitation to the Nice Barrier Reef departing from the world.

“These outcomes as soon as once more underline the numerous contribution tourism makes right here,” Hamilton stated.

“As a area we depend on tourism for 1 in 3 jobs. We have now world-class operators, lodging choices and companies all working to ship excellent holidays to vacationers in The Whitsundays, no matter their finances.”

Tourism Whitsundays Chair, Julie Telford, stated size of stays have additionally elevated with guests staying a median of 5.2 nights.

“There’s a lot to do and luxuriate in in The Whitsundays that each minute of that point will be booked onto a unique expertise,” she stated.