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Volcano dents Australia's tourist numbers

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Figures from April have been released showing that arrivals to Australia fell by more than 25,000 in that month, according to industry organisation the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF). The TTF indicated that the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull contributed to the fall. The drop was a decrease of 5.6 percent compared with arrivals in the same period last year, according to data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This included double-digit declines from some of our biggest European visitor markets. "The disruptions to aviation in Europe mean Australia welcomed 10,900 fewer visitors from the UK in April compared to last year," said Brett Gale, executive director of TTF. He added that arrivals from Germany were down 1,400 and visitors from France dropped by 700. "Those declines from our top three European source markets account for more than half the overall loss for the month." The loss of visitors also meant a drop in tourist spending as European visitors on average spend more than $5,000 per capita.

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