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Tourism figures show inconsistencies in international arrivals

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Growth in visitor arrivals to Australia from the world’s major regions remains inconsistent, the latest tourism figures have shown. The number of international tourists visiting Australia continues to build on last year’s record arrivals, posting 0.4 percent growth this year, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Overseas Arrivals and Departures. However, figures from July reveal a decline of 1.7 percent. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Overseas Arrivals and Departures shows the number of international tourists to Australia continues to build on last year’s record arrivals with 0.4 percent growth this year. However, figures from July reveal a 1.7 percent decline. "The ongoing strong growth in visitor arrivals from China and south-east Asian markets continues to bolster the sector while the decline in visitors from Japan and other leading markets in Europe and North America reflect the current nature of their economies," explained Martin Ferguson, Minister for Tourism. He said the figures reflect new opportunities for the tourism industry. "The Australian Government is continuing to work with businesses to help them adapt to changing markets, changing consumers preferences, technologies and the effects of globalisation by continuing to implement the National Long Term Tourism Strategy," Ferguson added. "That means taking advantage of new opportunities in the growing Asian markets and building long-term resilience through investment and sensible regulatory reforms." Senator Nick Sherry, Minister Assisting on Tourism, said an agreement to double the number of seats between Australia and Indonesia will offer Australia new opportunities. "Indonesians are increasingly affluent and looking to Australia for a quality holiday - already, Indonesia is among our top-dozen inbound markets," Sherry explained. "With practical reforms such as air services agreements, we can make the most of another emerging market."

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