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International tourists set new spending record

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International tourists set a new record this year, spending more than $40 billion in Australia in the year to June 2017.

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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.

Record visitor spend is being driven by record numbers of international tourists who are staying longer.

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.

International visitor spend in Australia reaches an all time high.

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.

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