Sydney Tops National Visitor Survey
03 Oct 2018
The Sydney Business Chamber says Sydney and NSW are still the number one favourites among holidaymakers and business delegates in Australia.
“The latest National Visitor Survey results show NSW achieved the highest growth in the country for both the number of visitors and value of expenditure, with holiday and business the main drivers for the state’s notable growth,” said Chris Lamont, Director of Policy and Advocacy for the NSW Business Chamber.
“Sydney’s visitor economy is going from strength to strength, with the city’s visitor numbers growing nine per cent in the past financial year.
“It is no surprise holiday makers select Sydney as their destination of choice, given the variety of attractions. From the sparkling harbour in the east to the marvels of the Blue Mountains in the west – there is no doubt Sydney and surrounding locations is such a popular destination,” Mr Lamont said.
Sydney has always been a leading business events destination and these new figures show the city surpassed national growth in domestic overnight stays and expenditure, once again confirming Sydney as a preferred destination for business.
“The results of the survey are overwhelmingly positive, and it is pleasing to see the 15 per cent increase in spend. It is critical that we have investment in measures that maximise yield and these results provide a positive indication that NSW is on the right track,” he said.
“New attractions such as ICC Sydney have helped to grow Sydney’s competitive advantage and generated further interest in the entire Western Harbour precinct.
“ICC Sydney hosted 151 national conventions attracting 141,100 delegates and 71 exhibitions events across the precinct, according to the ICC Sydney 2017 Annual Performance Review. This is making a real difference for the Sydney economy and is actively supporting businesses and employment growth,” Mr Lamont said.