International visitor spend in Australia reaches all time high
According to the latest International Visitor Survey, international visitors spent a record $40.6 billion over the 12-month period, an increase of 7 per cent on the previous year.
All states and territories shared this growth, with visitor spend increasing across the country. ACT saw the largest increase in spend, up 27 per cent on last year, followed by Tasmania up 24 per cent, Northern Territory up 16 per cent and South Australia up 12 per cent.
Chinese tourists continue to have the biggest economic impact, with 1.2 million Chinese visitors spending $9.8 billion. Australia also welcomed a record 706,000 tourists from the US who spent $3.8 billion, an increase of 4 per cent.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo said the record spending is being driven by record numbers of international tourists who are staying longer while visiting Australia.
“With wallets wide-open, international tourists are driving economic growth and creating jobs,” he said.