Chinese tourists boost Australian tourism growth

Australia

The number of Chinese tourists accounted for one third of the rise in international visitors to Australia in 2012 and half the increase in tourist spending, according to the analysis of Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF).

TTF, the peak industry body for the Australian tourism and transport sector, said figures from the International Visitor Survey (IVS) for the December quarter 2012 showed the number of visitors to Australia grew five percent in 2012, with expenditure by overseas tourists up four percent.

The IVS revealed that 592,000 Chinese tourists visited Australia in 2012, with their spending rising to 3.1 billion AU dollars (3.2 billion U.S. dollars) for the year.