The Pass at Byron Bay, NSW.
The Pass at Byron Bay, NSW. Contributed

Down Under a more appealing travel option for Aussies

AUSSIES are holidaying at home more often, staying longer and spending more on domestic trips, the national visitor survey revealed on Wednesday.

The Tourism Research Australia figures showed overnight holiday trips rose 6.5%, nights by 11.1% and spending by 9.6% in the March quarter, compared to the same quarter in 2012.

Overall visitor nights also rose 4.3% during the March quarter.

Tourism and Transport Forum chief Ken Morrison said the results showed the industry's ability to deliver economic activity around the country.

"Domestic overnight travellers spent $13.3 billion in the March quarter - more than $1 billion a week," he said.

"With the Australian dollar's decline likely to continue, travelling within Australia becomes even more competitive, so we expect to see continuing growth in domestic travel and expenditure.

"Overnight visitors spend money on accommodation, dining, shopping, transport, and visiting attractions in every part of the country, all year round, supporting 531,900 direct jobs and 283,000 businesses nationwide."

He said the industry had at least 2400 and up to 8500 direct tourism jobs in every federal electorate.

"This underlines the tourism industry's ability to generate economic activity across Australia, including in remote and regional parts of the country, many of which are highly reliant on tourism," he said.

"Ahead of the federal election, TTF is calling on all political parties to commit to supporting Australia's tourism industry, acknowledging its role as a national economic driver."


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