Overnight stays boost tourism economy $88b in a year

OVERNIGHT visitors added $88 billion to Australia's economy last financial year.

The massive cash injection from international and national travellers means the nation is on track to collect $140 billion in overnight stay spending by 2020.

While the figures are impressive, Federal Tourism Minister Richard Colbeck warned on Friday the industry could not rest on its laurels.

"The tourism industry is thriving but there is no room for complacency - realising our full potential will require challenging reforms and collaboration across all levels of government," Mr Colbeck said before a gathering of Australia's tourism ministers in Perth.

Getting more people to take on tourism-related jobs was high on the meeting's agenda as were options to attract more people to regional areas, cashing in on Airbnb and Uber and building Australia's indigenous tourism capacity. - APN NEWSDESK



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