Foreign tourists gold medal spenders
AUSTRALIA’S tourism industry has recorded its best year since the Sydney Olympics, with foreign visitors spending a mammoth $91 million a day.
Chinese tourists accounted for more than a fifth of that expenditure, parting with $19 million a day.
Federal Tourism Minister Andrew Robb said the latest International Visitor Survey showed the total spend had grown 10 per cent to $33.4 billion, or $3.2 billion more than the previous year.
He said it was the strongest yearly growth since 2001, the period of the Sydney Games. The result demonstrated that tourism is one of our greatest strengths, Mr Robb said.
The number of American visitors was also a record, up 9 per cent to 544,000, while there were 1.2 million New Zealand visitors, up 3 per cent.