Queensland and New South Wales are still the top two performers in terms of tourism.
Queensland and New South Wales are still the top two performers in terms of tourism. Valerie Horton

Qld lags behind NSW in tourism numbers

QUEENSLAND has lost ground in the country's tourism stakes through natural disaster and the downturn of the mining boom while New South Wales continues to power ahead.

The Federal Government's new State Tourism Satellite Accounts report found the two states were still the country's strongest performers.

Both increased the amount of tourism money spent within their borders in 2013/14, contributing to a $1.3 billion growth in direct spending across the country.

But Queensland has started to lag behind NSW in its share of the national total.

"These declines were mainly due to a reduction in interstate and inbound tourism demand caused by the mining boom in these states," the report stated.

"Queensland also experienced major floods and Cyclone Yasi in 2010/11, which added to the adverse impacts on its tourism sector."

The two states reeled in 78% of the national tourism spend last financial year, with NSW directly banking $684 million and Queensland $464 million.

All states and territories had increases in tourism employment except for Queensland, where 5.7% of people were employed in the industry, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

Tourism Research Australia expected that to change in the coming years.

"With the resources boom now behind us, many see tourism playing an increasingly prominent role in driving growth in the Australian economy," it said.

"Reflecting this, Deloitte has predicted tourism to be one of five industries to grow significantly faster than average over the next 20 years."

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