Records tumble as Brisbane sees surge in business visitors

The latest International Visitor Survey has seen Brisbane smash visitation records, with a surge in interstate visitors and key markets, including the US, China and Canada.

Numbers to Brisbane from Canada rose 26.5 per cent to 42,000, the US increased 6.3 per cent to 106,000 and China was up 2.3 per cent to 264,000.

“This is great news for our city which is in hot pursuit of the lucrative North American market,” said Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner.

“We have partnered on marketing campaigns in this region and alongside new direct routes to Brisbane from San Francisco and Chicago, we expect to see even more uplift in this market.”

Visitors numbers from Continental Europe also rose 2.1 per cent to a record 205,000.

Brisbane has now recorded continuous record growth in total international visitor numbers for the past 22 quarters since 2014.

“The tourism infrastructure and leisure experiences in our city are flourishing – there’s a real buzz about Brisbane and that makes it a very compelling place to visit,” said Schrinner.

Brisbane’s national visitor numbers also saw record results across all its metrics, with business visitors rocketing 8.9 per cent to a record 1.9 million.