Kiwis head to Brisbane in record numbers

The number of New Zealanders flying across the ditch to visit Brisbane has reached an all-time high as tourism records continue to tumble for the city.

Tourism Research Australia’s International Visitor Survey found the number of visitors from New Zealand to Brisbane climbed 8.1 per cent to an all-time high of 230,000 in the year to June 2019.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the spike coincided with the inaugural Magic Round and other major drawcard events including the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Curiocity and the World Science Festival Brisbane.

“Brisbane just keeps getting better and is attracting more visitors than ever before through new hotels, precincts and experiences alongside an ever-increasing calendar of major events,” Schrinner said.

“International visitor numbers smashed the previous record, with visitor figures from New Zealand, India and Canadian all soaring.

“The overall number of international visitors to Brisbane climbed 3.4 per cent to a record high of 1.4 million.”

International business visitors were up 3.5 per cent to 137,000, while national business visitors rose 6.7 per cent to 1.9 million.