Record numbers of UK holidaymakers are visiting Australia’s gold coast, according to new figures. UK passenger arrivals hit 78,000 to September, up eight percent year on year, while international visitors have increased by six percent to 842,000. The figures from Tourism Research Australia also reveal that travellers spent AUS$998 million on their trips to the Gold Coast, down four percent on 2009. “The Gold Coast continues to lead the recovery for the Australian tourism industry, defying state and national trends in key International visitor markets,” said Gold Coast Tourism CEO Martin Winter. “Our ability to attract a six percent increase in international visitors is a credit to the city’s wide popularity and the positive work of our tourism businesses which are out there fighting for every tourist.” The top three international source markets by visitor numbers were New Zealand, Japan and China.