DESTINATION WOLLONGONG – TOURISM WEEK
Wollongong Tourism Week is being presented by Destination Wollongong, as a week to celebrate the positive impact of tourism on the Wollongong, Illawarra and NSW economy, and everything that tourism contributes to make Wollongong the popular destination that it already is.
Tourists include those who are visiting our region for leisure, business, events, conferences, sports and those visiting family and friends.
Tourists are often referred to as ‘Visitors’ and it is these visitors that contribute to the Visitor Economy. ‘Visitors’ include leisure, business, event, VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives).
Tourists contribute to our local economy and employment in so many ways, including purchasing accommodation, transport, tickets, food, beverages, shopping and tours. By doing this, our region is sustained and jobs are created.
Did you know that?
- The Wollongong Tourism sector touches everyone – including visitors, residents, businesses and employees.
- It is the 5th largest employer in the region, every day supporting 6,823 jobs (7.4% of the workforce) and is a major employer of school leavers and young people and an incubator for entrepreneurs.
- Of Wollongong's estimated total economic output of $25.751 billion, it is estimated that $813.109 million is generated from tourism.
- In the Year ending March 2018, Wollongong received over 3.6 million domestic overnight visitors - up by 3.9% on YE Mar 17.
- Visitors spent nearly 3.4 million nights in the region.
- Visitors can be attracted to our region in many ways – including holidays, short-stays, attending sports, events, entertainment or conferences, undertaking education and visiting family and friends.
- The Wollongong Visitor Economy is worth $704 million a year, supporting hundreds of businesses and impacting on the performance of supplier industries including accommodation, attractions, transport, retailing, sport, museums and galleries, the theatre and other performing arts.
- Tourism cannot be offshored – it only happens here!
…………………..Tourism is definitely everyone’s business!