Nearly 80,000 international visitors came to “Australia’s Coral Coast”, defined as the coastal strip between Cervantes and Exmouth, and spent $104 million in the year to June 2016.
The Member for Durack MP Melissa Price said the International Visitor Survey, just released, shows more international tourists are visiting the region of Durack and are staying longer and spending more.
“This is great news for Durack and the 3,927 local tourism jobs,” she said.
Produced by Tourism Research Australia, for the 2015-16 financial year, the survey shows 78,000 international tourists visited Australia’s Coral Coast, an increase of 25 per cent from the previous year.
International visitors spent $104 million while in Australia’s Coral Coast, an increase of 47 per cent.
Visitor nights also recorded growth, with international tourists staying 958,000 nights in Australia’s Coral Coast, an increase of 14 per cent.
“The survey shows Australia’s Coral Coast tourism industry continues to register strong growth – driving local jobs and economic growth,” Ms Price said.
“Tourism remains an important focus for the Turnbull Government, with our vibrant tourism sector forecast to continue its growth trajectory over the next decade.”
To support the tourism industry to grow further the Government has committed a record $629 million for Tourism Australia to market Australia overseas.
Australia’s tourism industry is currently growing three times as fast as the rest of the Australian economy.
Australia’s Coral Coast
Some of the country’s most incredible holiday destinations are dotted along this 1,100 kilometre stretch of Western Australian coastline known as Australia’s Coral Coast.
The adventure begins in Cervantes and the Pinnacles, an easy two and a half hour drive from Perth, heading north along the Western Australian coast.
Venture further and you’ll reach the favourite holiday destination of Jurien Bay, the rugged beauty of Kalbarri, the friendly dolphins of Monkey Mia and the gateways to the incredible Ningaloo Marine Park – Coral Bay and Exmouth.
In spring, a pleasant drive inland along the Midlands road to Mullewa will bring you to the charming rural towns and breathtaking natural beauty of wildflower country.