first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Gold Coast domestic tourism picked for the year ending March 2011, with the region experiencing a seven percent increase in domestic over night visitors compared to the prior year.With a further 33 percent rise in domestic daytrip visitors stopping by the holiday city, Gold Coast Tourism chief executive Martin Winter cited the growth to strong marketing after the flooding and cyclone.Mr Winter said that the industry was “gaining momentum” in 2010 but natural disasters “dragged the progress back”. He added that the industry’s quick response had an impact in keeping growth in the green.“However the numbers also show that the Gold Coast is not immune to the declining national expenditure trend, we attracted more visitors but they are spending less, just as they are in the retail and other commercial sectors,” Mr Winter said.  “Increasing visitor expenditure is the main focus of the Gold Coast Tourism destination marketing plan for the next 12 months, we must convert the demand into yield.”last_img read more