Indigenous tourism – a star performer over the past decade – is among the hardest hit sectors of the Australia’s travel industry from COVID border restrictions with a new report revealing its heavy dependence on wealthy international visitors.
The Indigenous Tourism Sector Analysis commissioned by Tourism and Events Queensland shows that international tourists accounted for at least 65% of participants in the state’s indigenous tourism visitors, a trend echoed around Australia.
Of these 25% were from China, 15% United States and 10% United Kingdom.
The report also reveals that the sector faced challenges pre-COVID with indigenous tourism visitors slumping from 428,000 to 424,000 in 2018/19 after outstanding growth of 55% in the preceding four years.
Spending in 2018/19 did increase however and reached a record $505 million, up 15% year on year.
These findings were revealed as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the 2020 Year of Indigenous Tourism will extend into 2021.
“Extending this state-wide promotion will play a vital role in our economic recovery,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
The Indigenous Tourism Sector Analysis research was conducted by the University of Queensland and Griffith University. Download report.