Open arms for invasion of US tourists
THE stereotype of American tourists is they wear loud shirts, huge hats, are noisy and hairy — and their husbands are even worse.
But, according to Tourism Australia, we are now more likely to get a true picture of real Americans, rather than the stereotype, as the number of US tourists is growing, boosted by a strong US econ- omy, cheap airfares and the popularity of Australian celebrities.
Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals 722,100 Americans visited Australia in the 12 months to February, an increase of 95,000 people or 15.1 per cent.
Despite being outranked in numbers by tourists from New Zealand, China and the United Kingdom, Americans spent around $3.7 billion, putting them ahead of tourists from the UK and just behind those from China.
Tourism Australia’s John O’Sullivan said we hadn’t seen such an influx of American tourists since the 2000 Olympics. “The US now boasts more high-net worth individuals than any other market and these travellers are looking for a unique, distinctive and high quality holiday experience, which we know Australia possesses,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
Chevy Chase played the ugly American tourist but we love the real ones.