Tourist spending hits a record $39 billion
SPENDING by international visitors reached a record $39.1 billion last year.
Federal Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo said spending by overseas tourists had grown by more than 35 per cent in the last three years.
“Twelve key source markets saw double digit growth in visitor numbers last year, with the fastest growing markets being: Taiwan (up 26 per cent), Japan (up 24 per cent), Korea (up 24 per cent), China (up 17 per cent) and the US (up 16 per cent),” he said. “Of note, the number of backpackers visiting Australia grew by eight per cent during last year.
“A resurgence in the Japanese market, which was worth $2.8 billion in the year 2000, is clear with spending by Japanese tourists growing 29 per cent last year to reach $1.7 bil- lion, the highest level in a decade.
Aviation capacity between Japan and Australia has grown 20 per cent in the last year.
“The Chinese market continues to evolve as a market of free and independent travellers (FITs), with the share of holiday visitors not on group tours growing to 45 per cent, compared to 28 per cent in 2010.”