Number Of Nights International Visitors Stayed In Tasmania Up 44% On Last Year

Number Of Nights International Visitors Stayed In Tasmania Up 44% On Last Year

Tasmania Premier Will Hodgman

Tasmania International Visitor Numbers Reach New Heights

Victor P Taffa

Tasmania continues to be a must-see destination with international visitor numbers experiencing strong growth, coupled with visitors spending record amounts in our economy, Premier Will Hodgman said.

Latest International Visitor Survey results reveal Tasmania has welcomed 300,400 international visitors, the highest number on record and an increase of 20 %.

“For the first time, international expenditure in Tasmania has exceeded half a billion dollars at $559 Million, a 32 % increase over the year.” Premier Hodgman said.

“Number of nights international visitors stayed in Tasmania is at a record high, with over 5.2 Million nights in the year to March; a 44 % increase on the previous year.”

“Average length of stay for international visitors is now at 17.3 nights, which is an important element in achieving more dispersal into our regions.” Premier Hodgman said.

China and the USA remain our top international source markets with 45,900 and 44,200 visitors arriving respectively.

There has also been significant growth in visitors from New Zealand, up 60 % over the year to 23,100.

“Tourism is one of our State’s greatest competitive strengths and supports 38,000 direct and indirect jobs.” Premier Hodgman said.

Recent State Budget delivered more than $129 Million in investments to support Tasmania’s tourism, events and hospitality sectors through more marketing, better infrastructure and new experiences and events.

“State Government is committed to delivering sustainable growth in tourism which protects what’s special about Tasmania and importantly, encourages tourists to spend more time in our regions.” Premier Hodgman said.