International tourists coming to Australia spent AUD40 billion in 2017, with the maximum inflow of 25 percent coming from China, a tourism survey said on 14 March. The report was released by Tourism Research Australia, in which the International Visitor Survey disclosed that international tourists spending increased by six percent, from AUD 1.3 billion to AUD 2.2 billion in 2017.
The total number of footfall arriving in Australia increased by six percent. Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade and Tourism, ‘Chinese tourists continue to be the biggest spenders in Australia, as they spent $10.4 billion in 2017, an increase of 14 percent compared to 2016’ as quoted by Infosurhoy.
Coinciding with the 2017 China Australia Year of Tourism, the increase of Chinese tourists was due to the Australia position as a destination in the Asian country having targeted marketing and aviation liberalization.
In 2017, the highest number of tourists flocked from New Zealand followed by China (1.33 million) tourists in 2017.
The increase in the number of tourists spending was seen in all the Australian cities barring Western Australia, which saw a decline of five percent.
Ciobo further added that the strongest growth continues to be witnessed in Tasmania with an increase of 31 percent spending done by the international tourists in 2017 and about 90 percent increase in the past three years.
Also, American tourists spending rose by 3 percent to AUD3.8 billion.
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