13 April 2011

Top 20 Australian tourism regions highlighted by Tourism Research Australia

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A new report released by the Federal Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson, has highlighted Australia’s top twenty tourism regions.

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The Central Northern Territory, home of Uluru, was one of the Australian tourism destinations highlighted in the report.

The Economic Importance of Tourism in Australia’s Regions report by Tourism Research Australia shows the visitor expenditure as a percentage of overall output in Australia’s top 20 tourism regions. All international visitors to Australia require an Australian tourist visa. Speaking on the importance of tourism to regional Australia, Minister Ferguson said:

“Tourism is the lifeblood of many regional areas, it creates jobs where people live. Tourism is a source of employment for many people including hospitality professionals, uni students, travellers, indigenous workers and older Australia’s looking for part-time employment.”

Among the regions highlighted where tourism is most important economically were the Central Northern Territory, Phillip Island in Victoria, the Whitsundays in Queensland and the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales.

Speaking on how these regions depend on tourism, Minister Ferguson continued:

“Regions such as the Gold Coast, Tropical North Queensland, Sunshine Coast, NSW Mid North Coast and NSW Northern Rivers not only have a very high reliance on the tourism sector, tourism contributes between $1 billion and $4.5 billion to their local economy.

“Visitors travel to regional areas for many reasons- not just holidays but to visit their friends and relatives, for business, for learning and cultural experiences and for personal reasons. Almost 46 cents in every dollar spent by visitors is spent in regional Australia.

"The Australian Government recognises the importance of tourism to regional Australia, that is why, through the National Long Term Tourism Strategy and the marketing efforts of Tourism Australia we are supporting regional areas."

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