Increase in spending by foreign tourists in Australia

March 02, 2016
The lower dollar which is making Australia cheaper for the travelers, driving around $5.5 billion growth in the spending by foreign tourists previous year to $36.6 billion.

Increase in spending by foreign tourists in Australia

According to the statistics from Tourism Research foreign visitor survey of Australia,  with the 18% increase rate, Australia has been witnessing over double the 8% increase in arrivals to around 6.9 million is the highest.   

Richard Colbeck, Tourism and Foreign Education Minister is giving credits to the decisions of the government for increasing the capacity of flights, changes to the visas and many selected marketing campaigns.

Spending by visitors from China increase by 45% to reach a record number of $8.3 billion when compared to around 23% of the entire spending. However, other key markets like India and the US also performed well as the spending has increased to 38% from 22%.

Tourism spending in the regional areas was increased as 44 cents of every dollar was spend outside the key cities.

According to Colbeck, the 13% increase in the tourists to the Australian national and state owned parks shows that the natural assets of the country were important attractions.

There was increase of tourists arrivals in Western Australia with around 2.7% and 3.1% in the Northern Territory while Victoria saw around 13.6% of increase and Tasmania with 19.6%.

The foreign education market was also the key contributor to the increase in the arrivals. The number was increased by 21% and the spending has increased to 30% to around $ 8.7 billion.

The forum in the previous week had called for additional policy measures in the next federal budget for driving additional increase in the foreign arrivals.

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