New data shows Victoria’s tourism industry is growing faster than any other state and employing more people than ever before.
Acting Tourism and Major Events Minister Tim Pallas hailed the latest Tourism Research Australia results, which show more than 15000 tourism-related jobs have been created since 2015-16.
Victoria’s tourism sector generated about 214500 jobs last financial year — up 7.6 per cent from the previous year — and now makes up almost seven per cent of the state’s total employment.
The data shows Victoria’s visitor numbers — and the amount they are spending — is now growing faster than any other state in Australia.
Tourism is worth more to Victoria’s economy than ever before, with visitors delivering $24.8billion to local businesses across the state, a jump of $2billion in gross state product from 2015-16.
The promising results complement the latest National and International Visitor Surveys, which show a record number of domestic visitors travelling to Victoria and more overseas visitors choosing to spend their time and valuable tourism dollars in our regions.