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Cafés and restaurants at forefront of record international visitor spend

From the October 2017 issue.

The latest data from the International Visitor Survey (IVS) has shown that international visitors’ total expenditure on food, drink and accommodation exceeded $12.3 billion for the year ending June 2017.

Out of a total spend of $40.6 billion, expenditure on food, drink and accommodation represented 30.4 per cent of the total. Compared to the corresponding period in 2016, expenditure in the food, drink and accommodation category grew by 11.1 per cent.

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) CEO Juliana Payne says that international visitors’ record expenditure on dining throughout their stay 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,” she says.

Juliana commended Tourism Australia’s Restaurant Australia campaign, which resulted in a 21 per cent increase on food and drink expenditure or $886 million between December 2013 and December 2015.
Juliana also 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,” she says.

“In order to realise the full spectrum of economic benefits from Australia’s burgeoning international tourist market, it is vital for these businesses to have access to the types of skilled and qualified workers they need.”

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