Strong International Tourist Growth Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017

TTFThe Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) has welcomed the newest overseas arrival figures as a great start to the year and called on all levels of government to work with the tourism and transport industries to develop a strong growth agenda for Australia’s visitor economy in 2017.


The latest ABS Overseas Arrivals figures released today confirm that 8.2 million people travelled to Australia over the 12 months to November 2016 – up 11.3 per cent on the previous year.


Country of Origin Arrivals (12mths to November 16) Increase/Decrease
  1. New Zealand
1,343,400 2.9%
  1. China
1,193,600 19.0%
  1. UK
712,200 4.4%
  1. USA
705,000 18.3%
  1. Singapore
438,200 12.1%
  1. Japan
408,000 22.2%
  1. Malaysia
387,200 15.7%
  1. South Korea
284,300 27.2%
  1. India
256,400 11.5%
  1. Hong Kong
244,000 12.6%


“Last year was a year of tax hikes and fee increases on the tourism and transport industries with the backpacker tax and the increase in the holiday tax – the Passenger Movement Charge – to $60. This year must be about the government keeping its hands out of the pockets of the industry so we can reach our full potential as a wealth and jobs generator for the nation,” said Margy Osmond, TTF CEO.


“Today’s excellent figures don’t happen by accident or good fortune. It’s the hard work of industry and tourism authorities to promote Australia as a must-see destination for international visitors at a time when they can choose from anywhere in the world to travel – it’s a cut-throat competition and we cannot afford to take our eye off the ball for a second.”


“While China continues to grab the headlines this year as it is anticipated to overtake New Zealand as our largest single visitor source market, we should not ignore the impressive growth we are experiencing in other Asian markets such as India (11.5 per cent) Singapore (12.1 per cent), Hong Kong (12.6 per cent) Malaysia (15.7 per cent), Japan (22.2 per cent) and South Korea (27.2 per cent).


“In the coming years we are going to see a surge of visitors that will want to experience what we have to offer and we need to ask ourselves right now are we ready to handle the millions of new visitors on their way?”


“We need to make 2017 a year in which government and industry sit down together as part of a high level discussion on what actions we need to implement to make sure our infrastructure from our airports and cruise terminals to our roads and public transport to our accommodation offering and our attractions are ready to meet the massive growth in demand.”



Source:- TTF


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

arrow2Follow TTW
facebook-logo  twitter-logo  LinkedIn_logo  stumbleupon-logo   rss_logo 
ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo


  • 02 WTM Latin America 2018
  • 03 IMEX 2018
  • 03 wtm-africa18
  • 05 itb-china 2018
  • 05 KITF 2018
  • 06 jharkhandtravelmart 2018
  • 07 Digital-Travel-2018
  • 08 ShanghaiWTF 18
  • 09 The hotel shows audiarabia 18
  • 10 hotelfair 2018
  • 11 Digital Travel 2018
  • 11 Hotelex-Shanghai 18
  • 13 aitf 2018
  • 30 PATA


Get our toolbar!
Review on