US vis­i­tors ride high green­back

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - John McCarthy

AMER­I­CANS have fallen back in love with Aus­tralia, or at least the low value of our dol­lar, with tourism num­bers jump­ing 18 per cent in the 12 months to Novem­ber, the fastest growth in 25 years.

Ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics, tourism con­tin­ues to boom, prop­ping up the econ­omy with a big in­flow of over­seas money.

Aus­tralians are also show­ing a stronger at­tach­ment to do­mes­tic hol­i­days be­cause of the cur­rency ex­change and over­seas de­par­tures fell by 3.5 per cent in Novem­ber.

Com­mSec’s Craig James said over­seas trav­ellers loved Aus­tralia.

“In trend terms, tourist ar­rivals are up al­most 10 per cent on a year ago and just shy of the fastest an­nual pace in 20 years (12.5 per cent, July 2016),” he said.

Fore­casts are for in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tor num­bers to rise 8.3 per cent this fi­nan­cial year to a record 8.3 mil­lion.

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