TRAVEL BRIEFS

Vis­i­tors from China top 1m

Dubbo Photo News - - Travel. - BY GARRY SHIL­SON-JOSLING, AAP ECON­O­MIST

The an­nual num­ber of Chi­nese vis­i­tors ven­tur­ing to Aus­tralian shores has topped one mil­lion for the first time.

There were 93,700 short-term trav­eller ar­rivals from China in Novem­ber, bring­ing the an­nual to­tal to 1,013,700, up by 172,500 from the pre­vi­ous year, fig­ures from the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics on Tues­day showed.

And that’s not even in­clud­ing Hong Kong, which de­liv­ered 220,000 vis­i­tors to Aus­tralia in the past year.

In­clud­ing the for­mer Bri­tish colony, the an­nual to­tal was 1,233,700.

That was still short of New Zealand, with 1,302,000 vis­i­tors to Aus­tralia over the year to Novem­ber.

But the po­si­tions have re­versed in re­cent months, with more vis­i­tors from China in­clud­ing Hong Kong in Septem­ber, Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber last year.

So on cur­rent trends, China will soon claim top spot from the Ki­wis on an an­nual ba­sis as well.

Over­all, there were 642,8700 vis­i­tors ar­rivals in Novem­ber, up by 66,500 or 11.5 per cent from a year ear­lier, with an an­nual to­tal of 7.36 mil­lion.

Aus­tralian res­i­dent de­par­tures still beat ar­rivals by a wide mar­gin, with nearly 9.4 mil­lion Aussies suc­cumb­ing to wan­der­lust.

But the lower Aus­tralian dol­lar is help­ing to re­duce the dif­fer­ence, with ar­rivals up by nearly half a mil­lion in the past year from the pre­vi­ous 12 months, com­pared with a rise of only just

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