There has been an increase in people visiting Australia’s Gold Coast region over the past year.

There has been an increase in people visiting Australia’s Gold Coast region over the past year.New figures show the popular sunshine state welcomed around ten million people in the last 12 months – the first time there has been a rise in numbers since 208.

Gold Coast Tourism chief executive Martin Winter explained that the rise showed the region is starting to recover from the downturn within the industry.

“Given the challenges of the past couple of years, we saw this ten million visitor mark as a definite sign of recovery,” said Mr Winter.

The next step for the local tourist industry is to increase spending by visitors taking flights to Australia and ensure long-term growth for the Gold Coast resorts.

Mr Winter explained that this could be achieved by encourage holidaymakers to stay longer and discover more local activities.

The Gold Coast offers visitors around 70 kilometres of beach and 100,000 hectares of rainforest.

Written by Alex Cochrane.

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