Major sporting events saw an increase in the number of people using Brisbane Airport last month.

More people caught flights to Brisbane last month than in September 2011, according to the latest statistics from city’s Airport Corporation.

The figures revealed that 1.85 million people travelled through both the domestic and international terminals during the month – a 2.2 per cent year on year increase.

Authorities state that the rise was mainly due to the great sporting action that has been on offer in Queensland and the whole of Australia recently.

The Australia v Argentina Castrol Edge Championship on the Gold Coast saw a huge boost in the number of South American visitors, while the finals of the NRL and ARL also bolstered the domestic tourist figures.

Of course, Brisbane and the Gold Coast are popular for more than just their sporting attractions and Queensland is a firm favourite of tourists looking for some sunshine in the southern hemisphere.

Year-round draws include Parliament House, Mt Cootha Lookout and the wildlife and recreational walks along the Brisbane River.

Written by Anthony Nicholson

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