As per statistics released by ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics), the no. of Indian tourists to Australia is fast growing.
A comparison between December 2017 and December 2018 data revealed that India accorded a 13.3% increase in 2018. Japan recorded an increase of 12.4% while Singaporean tourists increased by 8.1%.
On the other hand, the number of tourists from the UK decreased by 3.4%. Germany saw a decline of 2.4%.
31,200 Indian tourists visited Australia in December 2018.
China had the highest number of short-term visitors to Australia at 121,100. New Zealand came second with 115,900 visitors to Australia. USA came in 3rd spot with 67,900 tourists while the UK came in 4th with 60,800 tourists.
41,400 Japanese tourists visited Australia in December 2018 putting Japan in the 5th spot. Singapore came 6th with 38,600 tourists in December 2018.
9.2 million short-term visitors came to Australia in 2018. December saw the most number of arrivals at 1.1 million while May saw the least at 609,450.
It was the first time that Chinese visitors (1.43 million) overtook New Zealand visitors (1.39 million) to Australia. China thus became the largest source country for short-term visitors to Australia in 2018.
There were 357,000 Indian short-term visitors to Australia in 2018. As compared to 2017, there was an increase of 18.2%, as per SBS News.
Myles Burleigh, ABS Director, said that Australia is a favoured destination for Chinese nationals. In recent times, there has been strong growth in the number of Chinese visitors to Australia.
There were 353,000 Chinese visitors to Australia in 2008. In the following ten years, the number has since tripled. In 1998, there were only 77,000 Chinese visitors to Australia.
ABS statistics also revealed that the number of women visiting Australia was higher than that of men. There were 4.8 million women visitors to Australia in 2018 as compared to 4.4 million men.
There has been extensive marketing in India by Tourism Australia in recent times. Parineeti Chopra, the Bollywood actress, has been appointed as Tourism Australia’s brand ambassador in 2017.
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