File yr for The Whitsundays as home guests surge 179% on 2019 ranges

Australia’s home tourism increase continues to drive enterprise for native operators with The Whitsundays reporting its largest yr of home visitation in 2022.  

Nationwide Customer Survey (NVS) knowledge launched in December confirmed a document 923,000 home guests, who spent $1.5 billion {dollars} in The Whitsundays, a rise of 179% on 2019 knowledge.

Queenslanders made up the vast majority of the guests (69%) however interstate travellers additionally reached new data up 18.9% on 2019 figures to 274,000.

“Choose home markets have all the time identified concerning the attraction of The Whitsundays, however the progress we’re seeing in home visitation reveals that extra of Australia is now acquainted and assured about this distinctive vacation expertise,” mentioned Tourism Whitsundays Chief Government Officer, Rick Hamilton.

“It’s encouraging to see extra of Australia discovering and experiencing The Whitsundays as a result of we will compete with anyplace on this planet for the vary of experiences, distinctive points of interest and placement.

The Whitsundays is closely reliant on tourism with 1 in 3 jobs within the area immediately associated to tourism, and 40% of all visitation to the Nice Barrier Reef departing from the world.

“These outcomes as soon as once more underline the numerous contribution tourism makes right here,” Hamilton mentioned.

“As a area we depend on tourism for 1 in 3 jobs. Now we have world-class operators, lodging choices and companies all working to ship excellent holidays to vacationers in The Whitsundays, no matter their price range.”

Tourism Whitsundays Chair, Julie Telford, mentioned size of stays have additionally elevated with guests staying a mean of 5.2 nights.

“There’s a lot to do and luxuriate in in The Whitsundays that each minute of that point may be booked onto a special expertise,” she mentioned.