Australian tourism figures out today show that the number of tourists from China visiting the Antipodean nation has grown to over 573,000. Those figures put Chinese tourists ahead of visitor numbers from the UK and just behind New Zealand.
Australia has been a traditional destination for young UK holidaymakers on a Working Holiday Visa, which lasts up to 12 months. However, the new figures show that an increasing number of visitors travel to Australia to see friends and family.
Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP commented:
“Europe is doing it tough at the moment – shown through a two per cent decrease in the number of European arrivals – however importantly European visitors are spending more time here which is good for our tourism industry.
“What the survey shows is decreases in visitor numbers from other markets are being offset by increases from Asia, up six per cent, and a recent positive recovery in visitors from the United States is also helping to ensure good growth, particularly in the last few months.”
Tourists spent over AUD 18.7 billion in Australia during the last 12 months to September 2012.