Queensland tourism is booming as more and more people head to the Sunshine Coast.
The Sunshine Coast’s tourism industry has been booming since the opening of the Gold Coast in 1996, with an estimated 20,000 visitors to the area each year.
But the boom has also seen more people leaving the Sunshine, with a third of visitors opting to stay elsewhere.
Today, the Sunshine has the highest rate of tourism arrivals of any Australian tourism area, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Tourism arrivals rose by 3.3 per cent in 2016, with arrivals from the Sunshine region accounting for over half of the growth in the Sunshine.
But many people are leaving the region, with the ABC reports the number of people moving out of Queensland’s Sunshine region has risen to just over 7,000.
“We’re not seeing a lot of new arrivals coming in.
We’re seeing fewer people coming in,” said tourism expert David Garlick.”
People are coming in to enjoy the sunshine, they’re coming in for the great things about Queensland, but there’s a lot going on out there in the world.”
In addition to tourism, the region has a large number of businesses and organisations, including the Queensland Government, the State Government, and the Queensland Council of Trade Unions.
The tourism industry in Queensland is booming with more than $2 billion being spent annually on tourism, according the Queensland Tourism Industry Association.
But tourism minister, James Merlino, has warned the region needs to get its act together.
“In terms of the impact of climate change, we’ve seen our share of extreme weather in the past year, but I think it’s a bit too early to say it’s irreversible,” he said.
“The Queensland Government has a clear plan for how we can mitigate the impacts of climate changes.”
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