Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

19 July 2018

Will Hodgman, Premier & Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Tasmania international visitor numbers reach new heights

Tasmania continues to be a must-see destination with international visitor numbers experiencing strong growth, coupled with visitors spending record amounts in our economy.

The latest International Visitor Survey results reveal Tasmania has welcomed 300,400 international visitors, the highest number on record and an increase of 20 per cent.

For the first time, international expenditure in Tasmania has exceeded half a billion dollars at $559 million, a 32 per cent increase over the year.

The number of nights international visitors stayed in Tasmania is at a record high, with over 5.2 million nights in the year to March; a 44 per cent increase on the previous year.

Average length of stay for international visitors is now at 17.3 nights, which is an important element in achieving more dispersal into our regions.

China and the USA remain our top international source markets with 45,900 and 44,200 visitors arriving respectively.

There has also been significant growth in visitors from New Zealand, up 60 per cent over the year to 23,100.

Tourism is one of our State’s greatest competitive strengths and supports 38,000 direct and indirect jobs.

The recent State Budget delivered more than $129 million in investments to support Tasmania’s tourism, events and hospitality sectors through more marketing, better infrastructure and new experiences and events.

The Government is committed to delivering sustainable growth in tourism which protects what’s special about Tasmania and importantly, encourages tourists to spend more time in our regions.

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