Kiwi tourists bringing in the big bucks for Fraser Coast

TOURISTS from across the Tasman have helped boost international holidaymaker numbers on the Fraser Coast by 4.6% in the year to September.

The latest regional snapshot released by Tourism and Events Queensland shows the New Zealand market increased by a whopping 43.5% (8000 people) while visits from Europeans grew by 3% to 61,000.

In total, 123,000 international travellers made the trip in the year to September.

On average, visitors spent 4.7 nights in the region, injecting almost $33 million into the local economy.

Fraser Coast Opportunities general manager David Spear said it was the region's "world-class natural attractions and experiences" bringing in the big numbers and believed the figures provided a positive forecast for the Christmas period.

"These are encouraging figures for the region, with the increase in international visitors coming on top of anecdotal evidence from industry suggesting strong occupancy rates through the region over summer," he said.

"Fraser Coast Opportunities continues to drive international activity through initiatives in partnership with Tourism Australia and Tourism and Events Queensland which include significant trade, marketing and product development activities."

Fraser Coast councillor Stuart Taylor the New Zealand result, which came in well above the national average increase of about 6% was "a terrific result for a market that has great accessibility to the destination".



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