The Courier-Mail

For­eign tourists gold medal spenders

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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.

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