Tourist spend­ing hits a record $39 bil­lion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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