Visitors to southern GBR increased, but spending decreased
DOMESTIC visits to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, the area that includes Gladstone, Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Banana shires increased 17.7% in the year to December.
Tourism and Events Queensland reported the increase was driven by growth across all purpose sectors - including holidaymakers.
Overnight visitor expenditure declined marginally, suggesting that whilst more domestic travellers visited the region in the past year, those that did spent less.
Visitors spend just under $500 each in the SGBR, half as much as the Whitsundays or far north Queensland.