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    Domestic visitors to Tropical North Queensland up despite slow start to 2019


    The number of Australian visitors to Tropical North Queensland continues to climb, according to the Tourism Research Australia’s latest domestic visitor survey.

    2,019,000 Australian tourists came to the region over the 12 months to the end of March, up from 1,920,000 in the year to March 2018.



    They also stayed longer, with visitor nights up by more than one and a half million in the same period.

    Overall expenditure climbed slightly but the average spend per visitor per night was slightly down from $229 to $211.

    The research doesn't include isolated quarterly figures for the January to March period, however Cairns Airport passenger statistics show there was a definite slowdown, with domestic passenger numbers dropping by more than 50,000.

     

    TOURISM RESEARCH AUSTRALIA STATS FOR TNQ

    Visitors, year to:
    March 2018 – 1,920,000
    March 2019 – 2,019,000

    Visitor nights, year to:
    March 2018 – 9,124,000
    March 2019 – 10,744,000

    Expenditure, year to:
    March 2018 – $2,092,000
    March 2019 – $2,268,000

    Average spend per visitor, year to:
    March 2018 – $1,090
    March 2019 - $1,123

    Average spend per visitor per night, year to:
    March 2018 – $229
    March 2019 - $211

    CAIRNS AIRPORT DOMESTIC PASSENGER STATS

    Jan, Feb and Mar 2018: 998, 047

    Jan, Feb and Mar 2019: 946, 935