Published on : Thursday, January 3, 2019
Australia is expected to welcome 10 million overseas visitors in 2019 as per comparison website finder.com.au. This spells great for the economy. As per Bessie Hassan, from this website, more hotel stays, more meals in restaurants, more items sold in stores adds up to more jobs and economic growth.
The tourism sector provides economic benefit of about U.S. dollars 55 billion each year and one in 13 Australians are employed in the industry. Foreigners flock to big as well as smaller cities. For every tourist dollar, 43 cents is spent in regional areas.
As per the Tourism Australia a total of 9.2 million international visitors set foot in Australia in October 2018. It represented an increase of 5.2 per cent on the previous year. Over the past five years, overseas visitor numbers have boomed by 44 per cent. That growth trend is expected to continue. Asian countries contribute to the tourism boom.
China market is the most prominent market. It accounted for 81 per cent of the growth in spend for the year as per the report. Other important markets are New Zealand, Singapore and Japan.
Of those who came to Australia in 2018, the three most popular states were New South Wales (37 per cent), Victoria (26 per cent) and Queensland (22 per cent).