Vivonne Bay Jetty, Kangaroo Island, SA

Building the Case for Investment in Australia’s Iconic Tourism Regions

Australia is in the midst of a tourism boom, experiencing record visitation and expenditure. Regional Australia is benefiting from the industry’s strong performance, with international visitation to regional Australia increasing on average by 7 per cent per annum over the past five years. In 2018, 198 million domestic and international visitors travelled beyond Australia’s gateways, spending a total of 301 million visitor nights - that's 69.5 million more nights than in 2013. 

- Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

Many tourism icons and bucket-list spots are located across Australia’s regions, allowing savvy investors opportunities that take advantage of our world-class food and wine, beaches and islands, nature and wildlife and culture and heritage.

- Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

These resources are important tools that can be used by government and industry alike to educate and inspire investors to take advantage of the growing interest in regional Australia – and be part of Australia’s record tourism growth story. 

- Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment 

A whole of government approach is essential for creating an environment which is conducive to attracting investment into regional tourism infrastructure. That is why I have instructed Tourism Australia and Austrade to work together on aRegional Tourism Infrastructure Investment Attraction Strategy,focused on attracting more foreign capital into regional Australia to help distribute the benefits of the visitor economy beyond our major gateway cities.

- Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment