Tourism numbers balloon in Hilltops region: latest survey

Hilltops Tourism Manager Mel Ford is pleased with the tourism numbers and hopes it continue to grow in 2019/2020.
Hilltops Tourism Manager Mel Ford is pleased with the tourism numbers and hopes it continue to grow in 2019/2020.

Survey results have shown that visitors are flocking to the Hilltops region, with the number of domestic visitors to Capital Country growing by 22.4 per cent compared to the previous year.

Domestic and international holidaymakers not only chose NSW as their favourite part of Australia to visit, they also flocked to the Capital Country region, which takes in Hilltops specifically.

Hilltops Tourism Manager Mel Ford said 2019 will see even more of an incline in domestic vistors and over night stays due to new attractions.

“We are already seeing and will continue to see an increase in visitation and over night stays in the Hilltops area for 2019,” Mel said.

“We are looking to see bigger and better things occurring throughout Young from events and attractions to the residential population and we will see even more attractions in place for 2019 .”

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said these results are fantastic news for businesses in the Hilltops area.

“Tourism is all about encouraging people to see and experience more of our stunning region and ensuring they have a great time, but it’s also critical to sustaining business and creating new jobs,” Ms Cooke said.

“We want to ensure tourism continues to thrive in our region to make sure everyone reaps the benefit of having visitors from far and wide spend their hard earned vacations and valuable tourism dollars right here,” Ms Cooke said.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said NSW is in a golden era.

“These impressive numbers are turbocharging our economy, generating jobs and driving investment in local communities as tourists yet again choose to visit NSW ahead of all other states,” Mr Marshall said.

“Internationally, NSW received 4.3 million visitors who stayed 95.5 million nights and spent $10.6 billion. Domestically, we welcomed 33.6 million overnight visitors who stayed 105.1 million nights and for the first time ever, these visitors spent more than $20 billion.” 

The National and International Visitor Surveys are released by Tourism Research Australia.