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Australian tourism hits milestone

This state is leading Aussie tourism growth... but how does your state or territory stack up?

Tourism booms in Tasmania and the ACT have helped Australia reach a record 8 million international arrivals for the year ending September 2017.


Tasmania (Image Manuel Meurisse / Unsplash)


A new report by Tourism Research Australia (TRA) shows overseas visitation to the Apple Isle and the nation’s capital grew by 17% and 10% respectively, while spending rose a whopping 33% and 27% in each region.


With almost all states and territories recording growth in arrival numbers and spend for the year, nationwide visitation grew a healthy 7% and expenditure by 6% (to $41.2 billion).


Among source markets, China led the way for arrivals (up 12% to 1.2 million visitors) and spend, followed by the US (+10%, to 712,000) and Japan (+8%, to 396,000).


Although growth was “modest” for out second biggest market New Zealand (+1%, to 1.2 million) and long-haul stronghold Britain (+1%, to 677,000), all of Australia’s key markets showed growth during the period.


With spending growth coming largely from Asia, India in particular has shown a rapid rise over the past five years, with expenditure more than doubling (+109%) since the year ending September 2012 (from $694 million).


For the full report click here, or check out the below TRA graphic to see how your state performed.



Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 13 December 2017

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