- The Gold Coast has been named as Chinese tourist’s favourite western city
- It’s the fourth most popular destination in the world behind Seoul and Bangkok
- The most popular destination for Chinese tourists is Phuket in Thailand
- Figures show Gold Coast attracts more than 27% of Australia’s Chinese visitors
The Gold Coast has been named as the most popular western city in Australia after a survey of more than 3.6 million Chinese tourists.
The coastal Queensland city beat Sydney which placed 18th, and was voted the fourth most popular city globally.
The most popular city for Chinese tourists is Phuket, Thailand, followed by the South Korean capital Seoul and Bangkok, Thailand, reported the Gold Coast Bulletin.
The Gold Coast has been named as the most popular western city in Australia after a survey of more than 3.6 million Chinese tourists (stock image)
The coastal Queensland city beat other western cities including London (pictured), Paris and New York to take the fourth top spot globally
The Gold Coast was also the only western city to place in the top 10, beating New York, Paris and London.
Gold Coast Tourism chairman Paul Donovan told the Gold Coast Bulletin it put the city on the front foot as a world destination.
‘It is an endorsement of the city by the biggest outbound tourism market in the world which everyone is chasing and to be the only western city recognised is just amazing.’
Statistics from a Tourism and Events Queensland local government area profile in 2015, show Chinese tourists were the highest international visitors that year.
While the Gold Coast (pictured) was ranked fourth most popular for Chinese tourists, the most popular city was Phuket, followed by Seoul and Bangkok
There were 197,000 Chinese tourists to the Gold Coast in 2015 who stayed a combined 989,000 nights, an average of about five nights each.
The second most popular were tourists from New Zealand with 174,000 visits, followed by 58,000 UK tourists.
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate has visited China on numerous occasions in the past five years and said the country had a strong appetite for the Gold Coast.
Chinese tourists also favoured the Gold Coast more than New York City (pictured). 197,000 Chinese tourists visited the Gold Coast in 2015 and stayed a combined 989,000 nights – an average of about five nights each
‘I am not surprised by the remarkable figures coming out of China because we have worked heavily to promote the idea that the Gold Coast is just ‘one sleep’ from mainland China, so far as direct flights go,’ he said.
Direct flights have begun from Hong Kong and Wuhan to the Gold Coast in the past two years, with others also connecting to Brisbane.
The survey was done by Chinese travel company Ctrip and the results were announced on Tuesday night at the Destination of the Year Awards in Shanghai.