Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb today welcomed the results of the latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) that shows Australia has experienced significant growth across a number of Asian markets, as well as record growth from the United States.

“Tourism is Australia’s largest services export. The jobs of over 929,000 Australians are linked to tourism and the Coalition Government is committed to supporting tourism as a key job creation industry,” Mr Robb said.

“These latest figures show that China is still Australia’s largest market, outside of New Zealand, with Chinese visitors increasing their expenditure in the Australian economy to $5.1 billion, while we also remain very competitive in the challenging United States tourism market.

“In addition to China, Australia has also experienced tourism growth from other Asian markets including Malaysia and Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and India – this reflects the strong investment interest we have seen recently from Asian-based tourism investors seeking to establish operations in Australia,” he said.

Key findings from the International Visitors in Australia Survey include:

  • The number of overall visitors arriving for the purpose of holiday increased nine per cent to reach 2.7 million.
  • Overall visitor expenditure increased six per cent to $28.6 billion while the number of nights visitors stayed in Australia increased five per cent to 73 million.
  • Visitor numbers from China increased 14 per cent to 697,000 visitors with Chinese visitor expenditure increasing 15 per cent to reach $5.1 billion last year.
  • Visitor numbers from across Asia continued to increase with visitors from Malaysia increasing 15 per cent, Singapore 13 per cent and Hong Kong, Thailand and India all increasing ten percent.
  • Visitation from the United States increased to record levels last year increasing seven per cent to 488,000 visitors and trip expenditure increasing six per cent to $2.6 billion.
  • Holiday visitation from the United Kingdom also experienced strong growth of 16 per cent increasing the nights spent in Australia by 12 per cent.

The latest International Visitor Survey can be accessed at: http://www.tra.gov.au/publications/latest-ivs-report.html

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