Tourism records tumble as NSW reaches 100 million visitor nights

A record 31.6 million Aussie tourists travelled across the State in 2017, staying over 100 million nights in total, making NSW the first in Australia to reach these incredible results.

28 March 2018

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said that the latest record-breaking National Visitor Survey results also show that more interstate visitors and more NSW residents are choosing to travel within our own State.

“NSW continues to set the bar for domestic overnight visitor numbers, with the State welcoming 31.6 million visitors in the year ended December 2017, which is nearly 10 million more than Queensland and 7.1 million more than Victoria,” Mr Marshall said.

“This exceptional growth was evenly spread, with both Sydney and rural and regional NSW visitation growing by eight per cent.

“Australians are also spending more than ever before when travelling in NSW, with expenditure growth up 11.6 per cent; double the national growth percentage.

“NSW is $5 billion ahead of Victoria, its highest expenditure lead over the State since year-end March 2014, and notched its highest lead on record over Queensland of $2.8 billion.”

Mr Marshall said the record domestic visitor data follows NSW’s record results in the latest International Visitor Survey, making NSW the number one destination of choice for national and international visitors last year.

“In addition to promoting the fantastic natural attractions found throughout the State, the NSW Government has worked hard to secure the biggest and best events for NSW,” Mr Marshall said.

“While 2017 was a record year for visitors to NSW, 2018 promises to be just as big with visitors expected to flock to the State for events such as the 10th Anniversary of Vivid Sydney, the Australian premiere of Evita the Musical, Parkes Elvis Festival, Deni Ute Muster, the NRL Grand Final and the Newcastle 500 just to name a few.”

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