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More interstate visitors but purse strings tight

THE Fraser Coast has experienced a significant rise in interstate visitors, according to the latest domestic tourism snapshot from Tourism and Events Queensland, but the amount tourists are spending has decreased.

The Fraser Coast welcomed 140,000 interstate visitors in the year to March 2014, representing an annual increase of 40.2%.

Making the increase even more impressive was the fact that other nearby regions, including Brisbane and Sunshine Coast, had experienced a reduced number of interstate visitors during that time.

The number of interstate visitors to the Sunshine Coast was down by 8.3%, while interstate visitors to Brisbane had fallen 3.8%.

But visitors to the region from other parts of Queensland were down by 10.9%.

In total, 419,000 intrastate visitors travelled to the Fraser Coast in the year to March 2014.

The report said overall domestic visitation to the Fraser Coast had decreased by 1.7% in that period, which was driven by a decline in intrastate holidaymakers, but on a three-year trend basis, domestic tourism to the Fraser Coast had increased by 3.2%.

Domestic tourists spent $274.4 million in the region, which represented a decline of 13.1% on the previous year.

The average amount spent per visitor on the Fraser Coast was $467.06.

Topics:  economy, fraser coast, tourism




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