The Mornington Peninsula and Frankston communities continue to benefit from strong domestic traveller numbers, according to the latest Visitor Survey data.
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP said the latest results showed that the Mornington Peninsula continued to be a major tourist hotspot for domestic travellers.
“In the year to September 2018 we’ve seen 1.8 million domestic visitors flock to Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula and that’s an increase of twenty-three percent from the same time last year,” Mr Hunt said.
“This is a testament to our local tourism operators in Dunkley and Flinders, great news for local businesses and the local economy that benefit from every dollar our fellow Australians spend in our amazing part of the world.”
Mr Crewther echoed Minister Hunt’s comments, saying that the local region had a lot of unique opportunities for their fellow Australians to experience
“Both Greg and I know that we have some great attractions in our electorates, including The Mornington Railway, the incredible views from the top of Arthurs Seat, the beautiful Frankston and Seaford foreshores, the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery in Langwarrin, and much more and it’s clear they are a major drawcard for domestic and international visitors alike.”
The international visitor survey also showed strong results for Australia, showing a record 8.4 million international travellers flocked to our shores over the last year and spent record amounts with travellers injecting $43.2 billion into the local economy.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham welcomed the results saying more international travellers around Australia meant more people in local restaurants, staying in local hotels and visiting local tourist attractions.
“It’s encouraging to see international travellers continue to flock to our shores and enjoy all that our country has to offer,” Minister Birmingham said.
“These latest results show 2.84 million international travellers chose to travel beyond our capital cities and spent time in the bush, at the coast or even in the outback.
“Today’s results are also good news for the Mornington Peninsula as the more tourists we attract, the more they contribute to the local economy and the more they spend in local businesses.”
“Our Liberal-National Government continues to deliver record funding to Tourism Australia for cutting-edge campaigns such as Undiscover and Dundee, and these latest results demonstrate how these campaigns are helping to lure more tourists down under.
The latest Visitor Survey results are available at: www.tra.gov.au.