With Suncentral the new Maroochydore CBD quickly becoming a reality. In 2016 it was estimated that there was a population of 289,389 on the Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast Council, Population and Housing Forecasts 2011 to 2026).
Now with a suggested annual growth of 2.48% per annum, its forecasted that by 2036 the Sunshine Coast will become home to over 536,000 residents.
Over the past 12 months what is interesting is the Sunshine Coast welcomed 3,522,000 tourists in 12 months to Sept 2016 (up 12.9%). Based on the infrastructure developments, the new Maroochydore CBD, the expansion of the Maroochydore Airport and the Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza extension see the 160,500 recorded working people on the coast rise if so will it be in tourism & retail related job roles only time will tell.
However, the Sunshine Coast still continues to be a popular destination for domestic and international visitors, particularly from more traditional source markets such as New Zealand, United Kingdom and Germany. With the upgrade of the Maroochydore Airport, runway redevelopment will help to increase the size of aircrafts and not to mention more international travellers from places such as South-East Asia will be able to arrive on the Sunshine Coast, which in turn will further boost visitor arrivals to the region and help to strengthen the Sunshine Coast economy.