The South West is buzzing with tourists as more people choose to holiday here.
The National Visitor Survey (NVS), out today shows more people are flocking to holiday in the region and they’re staying longer and spending more.
Member for Forrest Nola Marino said this is great news for local businesses.
“More travellers coming to the South West means a boost for our local economy and more local jobs,” Mrs Marino said.
The NVS shows 2,982,000 Australian tourists visited the region to the year ending September, up two per cent in the past year, and up 11 per cent in the past three years.
The survey also shows tourists stayed 9,758,000 nights and spent $1,637,000 in that period.
The NVS follows the strong tourism growth shown in the International Visitor Survey (IVS), released earlier this month, which revealed 166,000 international tourists visited the region, staying 2,237,000 nights and spending $1,450,000 over the same period.
“Our beautiful region is drawing tourists in droves with our stunning attractions and effective tourism operators,” Mrs Marino said.
“The Turnbull Government’s investment in the Busselton Margaret River Airport paves the way for even more tourists as well as freight options.
“It’s great news on a national scale as well, with overnight trips by Australians growing by seven per cent to a record 96 million and the number of nights stayed up by six per cent to a record 347 million.”
Produced by Tourism Research Australia, the NVS and IVS can be found at: tra.gov.au.