Australians explore their own backyard

first_imgWhile Australians continue to venture overseas, domestic leisure travel is also on the rise, according to the latest National Visitor Survey results.Tourism Research Australia revealed that Australian domestic tourism injects $187 million per day into the national economy.Australians spent $50 billion on overnight domestic travel and a further $18.2 billion on day trip last year.“This expenditure supports more than 500,000 direct jobs in tourism across Australia, providing business opportunities and contributing 2.5 per cent of total GDP ($34.6 billion),” Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) acting chief executive Trent Zimmerman said.Domestic overnight visitor numbers increased 3.6 percent year-on-year, visitor nights were up 4.1 percent and spending rose 3.4 percent in 2012 compared to 2011.“The growth in domestic overnight travel was driven by a 7.4 per cent increase in people visiting friends and relatives, particularly across the eastern sea board.“Australia must continue its efforts to attract domestic visitors and investment in tourism infrastructure is critical to achieving this,” Mr Zimmerman said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Domestic tourism in Australia on the rise.last_img

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