Aussie holidaymakers fall in love with Brisbane

Brisbane City

Brisbane’s credentials as a holiday destination continue to grow as new figures reveal a record number of Australian holidaymakers have converged on the city.

Acting Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the latest National Visitor Survey from Tourism Research Australia found the number of domestic holiday visitors to the city climbed 20.9 per cent to 2.1 million over the year to June.

“Aussies are falling in love with Brisbane as a holiday destination, with domestic travellers contributing a record $4.4 billion in tourism spend in the city over the past year,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Fellow-Queenslanders continue to trek across the State to holiday in Brisbane with a 31 per cent jump to 1.4 million visitors, as well as a strong holiday influx from across the border, with visitors from regional NSW up 17 per cent to an all-time high of 268,000.”

Cr Schrinner said events such as the Commonwealth Games track cycling and shooting, NRL Double Header and Qantas Wallabies versus Ireland Rugby Test helped attract visitors to the city in recent months.

“With world-class events and an enviable outdoor lifestyle, it’s no surprise Aussies are being lured – hook, line and sinker – to our New World City,” he said.

“Major events attract visitors from around Australia and contribute more than $150 million in economic impact to Brisbane each year.

“New restaurants, bars and experiences are also creating interest in the city as a lifestyle destination, giving tourists more reasons to visit.

“Altogether, 7.1 million Australian visitors made their way to Brisbane in the year until June, with 2.7 million of these visiting friends or relatives and another 1.8 million being business travellers.”

Cr Schrinner said the number of interstate people visiting relatives and friends in Brisbane reached an all-time high, as did the number of interstate business travellers – at 1 million and 1.1 million respectively.