The Federal Government’s latest International Visitor Survey shows that international visitors’ total spend on food, drink and accommodation in Australia exceeded $12.3 billion for the year ending June 2017, comprising 30.4 per cent of a total spend of $40.6 billion.
Compared to the corresponding period in 2016, expenditure in the food, drink and accommodation category grew by 11.1 per cent.
R&CA CEO Juliana Payne said that visitors’ record spend on dining reflected the consistently high standards and quality of Australia’s cafés and restaurants.
“Australia’s truly world-class café and restaurant sector has seen dining out become an indispensable part of visiting this country,” Payne said.
Payne emphasised the need to invest in skills and training for the café and restaurant industry to cater for the growing demand amongst international tourists.
“The growth in Australia’s international tourist market and the unprecedented demand for dining out at cafés and restaurants underlines the importance of addressing the chronic skills shortages across the hospitality sector.”