Accommodation in Brisbane CBD Booked to the Brink with International Visitors

International visitors seem to be booking accommodation in Brisbane CBD to the brink as they keep coming in droves, which is fantastic news for us in the hospitality industry.

As the manager of Bridgewater Terraces, affordable holiday apartments offering accommodation close to Brisbane CBD, I like to stay up to date with the latest tourism statistics, and, let me tell you, the latest statistics on international visitors are very pleasing to say the least.

Brisbane CBD international Visitors

Brisbane CBD enjoyed by international Visitors from around the world

This recent development is worthy of celebration, of course, after the city suffered a decline in international visitor numbers just last year. But now Brisbane seems to have bounced back pretty well, successfully luring more than a million visitors from all over the world based on latest findings.

In this article, I’ll share the latest international tourism findings with you and, of course, give you suggestions on booking accommodation in Brisbane CBD and surrounding suburbs should you be heading our way.

Report: International Visitors Flock to Brisbane

The results are in, and Tourism and Events Queensland confirms that the number of international tourists who visited Brisbane increased from June 2014 to June 2015. Let’s check out what the reports say:

  • Recovering from last year’s decline in international tourists, the city welcomed 9.8% more foreign visitors this year, with a total of 1,066,000.
  • Almost half of these visitors are holiday-goers, whose numbers increased by 10.9% from last year.
  • Visiting friends and relatives made up a total of 301,000, with a rise of 3.9%.
  • The number of business travellers is still the lowest at 117,000 but it saw the highest increase of 12.1%.

So where are our valued visitors booking accommodation in Brisbane CBD coming from?

  • Reports say the highest numbers of international visitors hail from New Zealand, China, and the UK, with 184,000, 165,000, and 121,000 tourists respectively.
  • Of the top three source markets, Chinese visitors saw the highest increase with a 25.9% rise, thanks to Brisbane’s newly launched efforts this year to attract more students and business travellers from Mainland China.
  • Visitors from the USA follows fairly close behind at 77,000, seeing a significant 24.8% increase from last year.
  • There is a huge gap between USA and Germany, which comes in fifth with only 52,000 visitors and an 8.4% climb from previous records.
  • Taiwan tops the lower half of the list with 32,000 visitors, but there was a -2.7% decrease compared to the previous year.
  • Singapore lags behind with just 28,000 visitors and a 0.2% decrease.
  • Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea are tied at 27,000 visitors, but only the number of Japanese visitors increased from last year. Both Hong Kong and Korean visitors dropped by -9.1% and -5% respectively.

There is a slight difference in rankings when we focus on the international tourists booking accommodation in Brisbane CBD for their holiday trip.

  • Majority of Chinese tourists, with a total of 111,000 out of 165,000, were in Brisbane for a holiday. This is 21.4% higher than last year’s numbers.
  • UK is still on the top 3 with more than half of its visitors on a holiday visit. This adds up to 71,000, seeing a 10.2% increase from last year.
  • New Zealand dropped to third with just 50,000 holiday-goers, a 6.8% increase from last year. This means more of our friends from New Zealand are here either to visit friends and relatives or for business reasons.
  • Germany comes in at fourth with a 7.7% increase to 43,000 holiday-goers.
  • Holiday-goers from the USA increased by 22.1% to 34,000, which is almost half of its total number of visitors.
  • Taiwan is still at 6th place with 21,000 holiday-goers, which is -3.5% fewer based on records from the previous year.
  • France joins the list with 19,000 French visitors on a holiday trip; the number increased 4.2% from last year.
  • Korea and Scandinavia are tied with 16,000 visitors, but while Scandinavian visitors increased by 6.4%, Korean visitors fell by -1.9%.
  • The number of Hong Kong holiday-goers decreased by -19.11% but made it to the top 10 with a total of 15,000.

But regardless of where they came from, records show that our international tourists spent a total of 5,835,000 nights in Brisbane. This statistic is particularly interesting to me as it indicates that majority, if not all, of these nights were spent in hotels and apartments offering accommodation in Brisbane CBD. This is definitely great news for accommodation providers like myself.

So this means that if you are planning to head to Brisbane, I suggest you make accommodation arrangements ahead of time.

Finding Accommodation in Brisbane CBD Made Easy

If you’ve decided to visit Brisbane just like what a million tourists did last year, and you are ready to book accommodation in Brisbane CBD, well, I suggest you start (and end) your search right here at Bridgewater Terraces, located at Kangaroo Point, just one kilometre from the CBD.

Bridgewater Terraces

Bridgewater Terraces offers affordable accommodation 1km from Brisbane CBD

Giving tourists a breath of fresh air, we offer spacious apartments with 1, 2, or 3 bedroom apartments to accommodate both small and large groups. Our apartments provide more space and fewer limitations and are also much more affordable than traditional hotels, starting at as low as $145 a night! You’ll find it hard to find accommodation in Brisbane CBD to beat these rates.

Our close proximity to not just the CBD but also the top holiday and business destinations in Brisbane also makes our accommodation offerings the more convenient choice.


Despite falling slightly last year, the number of international visitors flocking to Brisbane is back up, putting the city on the top of Australia’s most attractive destinations. Most of these visitors are here on holiday, but many are also visiting Brisbane for business reasons.

So, as an insider’s tip, I suggest you waste no time in booking accommodation in Brisbane CBD or the surrounding suburbs if you’re looking for a cheaper solution. If you want the perfect balance between value for your money and luxury, then Bridgewater Terraces is ideal for you. Contact us we’ll give you priority booking today!

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About Denis Goodman

Denis is the manager of Bridgewater Terraces and has a long history with accommodation and property management rights. He brings his knowledge and experiences into his writer to help holiday makers have a wonderful holiday.

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