Tourism takes hit

THE length of a holiday on the Fraser Coast is getting shorter for tourists and their numbers are shrinking, according to a new report by the State Government's tourism promotion body.

Quarterly Tourism Queensland figures have shown the number of holiday-makers heading to the Fraser Coast has continued on a downward trend and are almost 20% down on last year.

The Fraser Coast had 643,000 visitors in the year to June, including visiting family and friends, holiday-makers and people visiting for business.

It equalled a 12% decline in total on the previous year and a 19% decline in visitors on holiday.

Visitors from Europe, the United Kingdom, Germany and Scandinavia made up the bulk of the 148,000 international visitors.

The report stated that a 17% drop in international visitors was due to reliance on a poor youth market in the UK and a strong Australian dollar.

The decline in international visitors was the highest drop recorded in the state.

The figures also showed domestic visitors were staying one night less than they were a year ago at an average of 3.7 nights.

One was positive sign was the report showed families and retired visitors had increased.

Visit www.tq.com.au/research to see the full report.



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