International tourists on the rise: survey
Results from Tourism Research Australia’s International Visitor Survey has shown a solid recovery in international visitor numbers to Australia with the March quarter showing a rise of six percent rise compared with last year.
The number of nights that tourists stayed also rose by eight percent, and visitor expenditure increased by three percent compared with the same quarter in 2009.
The 12 months to March 2010 saw international visitors up three percent, visitor nights rise five percent and expenditure figures increase four percent to $661 million.
“Today’s figures are particularly positive for the business travel market, which rose 10 percent,” said Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson, noting that the sector has suffered a 14 percent drop during the global financial crisis.
“The return of this market is great news for Australia’s 10 convention centres and for the hotels, restaurants, airlines and the many other businesses which benefit from the A$1.6 billion business travel market.”
Source markets for tourists to Australia showed solid growth with visitors from Korea up by 15 percent, tourist from the USA and China up seven percent, and Japanese arrivals rising by three percent.