Australia hits $100b on tourist spending

Published on : Thursday, March 30, 2017

Western Australia’s tourismFor the first time, tourism dollars have earned $100 billion from local and international travelers in Australia. In 2016, more than $61 billion was spent on domestic travel by the Aussies while more than 7.6 million foreign visitors helped in earning $39.1 billion into the economy.


Last Wednesday, Federal Tourism Minister Steve Ciobo released the national visitor survey report which shows a soaring $5.6 billion up in visitor spending in last year.


Previous year, the international tourist spending went up by $2.5 billion. To quote Ciobo, “This record spending is creating Australian jobs.’’ Visitors from China, the United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand and Japan were the top five biggest spenders.

However, Taiwanese and Indian visitors were staying the longest, as per the survey. It was found that Indians spending on an average 63 and 60 nights whereas Kiwis were staying for 12 nights and Singaporeans 16 nights whatsoever. Overseas guests were big fans of the sharing economy. More than 426,000 overseas visitors booked their accommodation via the Airbnb website and 14 per cent or 1.1 million were using Uber to travel in and around.


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