A killer whale shows its tail near Fraser Island.
A killer whale shows its tail near Fraser Island. Sea World

Slide in tourism numbers slowing

THE Fraser Coast's ongoing decline in international tourist numbers has slowed and expenditure has increased, several years after the industry first began to decline.

The latest international tourism snapshot issued by Tourism and Events Queensland showed 116,000 international visitors to the region in the 2012-13 financial year.

While the number of visitors was still five percentage points less than the previous year, the decline markedly improved from the last quarterly report, which showed a 10 percentage point decline year on year.

The region's tourism operators would have seen an increase in their bottom line, with a one percentage point increase on the amount of money international tourists bought into the Fraser Coast in the 2012-13 financial year.

The total expenditure was $34 million, or an average of $286 per visitor.

"Against the state trend, there was a decline in the Fraser Coast's largest source market, the UK," the report said.

The slowing rate of decline could have been explained by major increases in the number of visitors from New Zealand and North America.

North American tourists accounted for 13,000 visitors to the Fraser Coast, an increase of 18 percentage points.

Visitors from New Zealand jumped up by 14 percentage points to a total of 8000.

Europe remained the Fraser Coast's biggest international market with 58,000 tourists visiting the region in the 2012-13 year.



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