Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb today announced record expenditure of $30 billion (up 7 per cent) by international visitors to Australia in 2013-14 during the 4th Annual Tourism and Transport Forum Leadership Summit.

“This is a major vote of confidence in Australia’s tourism sector which is extremely well placed to experience strong continued growth,” Mr Robb said.

Tourism Research Australia’s State of the Industry 2014 shows that international visitor expenditure was led by continued strong growth from China and recovery in the UK market. A record total of 6.1 million international visitors came to Australia in 2013-14.

“Tourism is one of Australia’s great strengths it is something we do as well as anyone and better than most and that is reflected by the latest data. More than 929,000 jobs are linked to tourism and its contribution to our economy is substantial,” Mr Robb said.

Total overnight visitor expenditure – the measure used to track industry progress – grew five per cent for the year to $83.4 billion, meaning the industry is well positioned to reach the Tourism 2020 goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure to between $115 and $140 billion.

Having made tourism one of five National Investment Priorities, Mr Robb also welcomed the record value of international investment in tourism infrastructure achieved this year. TRA’s report shows the tourism investment pipeline is now worth almost $50 billion across the accommodation, transport (aviation) and attractions sectors.

“Having scrapped the carbon tax, frozen the Passenger Movement Charge for the current term of parliament and by providing additional funding for Tourism Australia, it is clear that Australian tourism is open for visitors and investment,” Mr Robb said.

The full State of the Industry 2014 report, Tourism Industry Performance Scorecard 2013–14, and Tourism Ready Reckoner can be accessed at www.tra.gov.au

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