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Published on : Sunday, July 9, 2017
Australian Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) Chief Executive, Margy Osmond said that the latest International Visitor Survey also shows more than 7.7 million visitors, which is an increase of 9%. The visitors stayed a collective 262 million nights (which is an increase of five per cent).
Ms. Osmond said, “As the national economy continues to transition from the end of the mining boom to a diversified services-based economy, there is no question that tourism is Australia’s next super-growth sector. These remarkable figures have been underpinned by the incredible growth across Asia, with double digit growth for visitor arrivals across eight of the top ten Asian markets (China, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, India, Indonesia, Taiwan and Thailand).
While the last quarter has seen a four per cent drop in Chinese holiday visitation, the Chinese market overall continues to break growth and spend records, with one in every six visitors now coming from China and $9.7 billion spent in the last year, up a staggering 396 per cent since March 2010. After recording modest growth in the last decade, there has been a surge in visitors from two of our traditional markets in the last 12 months, with 884,000 visitors from the United States (up 14 per cent) and 390,000 from Japan (up 18 per cent).”