TRAVEL GAZETTE – Australia’s tourism boom continued in 2015 on the back of a surge in Chinese visitors, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) .
The ABS said more than one million Chinese tourists arrived in Australia during the year, setting a new record.
China continues to be the fastest growing tourism market for Australia, just ahead of India.
In 2014, the ABS said 823,000 Chinese travellers flocked to Australia and that figure was pushed over the one million mark last year when a further 177,900 tourists – a 21.6 percent increase – visited the country.
Visitor arrivals from China grew three times faster than the overall increase in the past year, and their spending increased by 43 percent, doubling the previous year’s growth rate.
The surge in Chinese visitors has now made the Asian powerhouse Australia’s most valuable tourism market.