Inbound tourism will hit historic new heights in 2019, recently released research has found.
After analyzing data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), finder.com.au predicted that more than 10 million tourists will travel down under this year, marking the first time that visitor numbers could hit eight figures.
Over 8.8 million international travellers visited Australia in 2017, and with tourism growing by an average 8% each year (since 2012), that number is expected to balloon to more than 9.5 million by the end of 2018 and 10.3 million in 2019.
“Overseas visitor numbers have grown by a staggering 44 per cent in only five years,” finder.com.au spokesperson Bessie Hassan said.
“The prospect of reaching the 10 million threshold in 2019 is really exciting.”
China and New Zealand are predicted to once again lead the way among source markets, bringing 1.08 million and 1.04 million visitors respectively to Australia between January and September last year.
“Overall, 300,800 more foreigners visited Australia in January-September 2018 than during the same period in 2017,” Ms Hassan said.
“International tourism is booming with Australia receiving a growing market share of global travel.”
Over 800,000 international visitors were forecast to arrive on Aussie shores last December, in what is traditionally Australia’s biggest month for tourism.
“The year is set to finish strong and more visitors means more hotel stays, more meals eaten in restaurants and more goods purchased in stores,” Hassan said.
“And that means more jobs and a boost to our economy.”
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