International tourists to Australia spent AUD40 billion in 2017, with those from China accounting for 25 percent of it, a tourism survey said on 14 March.
Released by Tourism Research Australia, the International Visitor Survey disclosed that spending of international tourists increased by six percent, or AUD2.2 billion, to AUD41.3 billion in 2017.
The number of tourists from all over the world arriving in Australia also rose by six percent to 8.1 million.
Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade and Tourism, was quoted by Infosurhoy as saying that Chinese tourists continue to be the biggest spenders in Oz, as they spent $10.4 billion in 2017, an increase of 14 percent compared to 2016.
Coinciding with the 2017 China Australia Year of Tourism, the government initiative, the increase was owing to position Australia as a destination in the Asian country via visa reform, targeted marketing and aviation liberalization.
While the highest number of tourists to Australia was from New Zealand, China took the second place as it sent 1.33 million tourists in 2017.
Tourist spending rose in all states and territories of the Land Down Under, barring in Western Australia, which saw a five percent decline.
Ciobo said that the strongest growth continues to be witnessed in Tasmania, which saw spend of international tourists increasing by 31 percent during 2017 and about 90 percent in the last three years.
American tourists spend also rose by three percent to AUD3.8 billion.
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