News

Australian tourism's changing face

Holiday makers were the main tourists who visited Australia in 2016.
Holiday makers were the main tourists who visited Australia in 2016. John McCutcheon

THE face of international tourism in Australia has changed considerably over the last 40-years with Asian countries now the main source of visitors down under.

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics snapshot of overseas arrivals and departures, shows seven of the top 10 source markets for international visitors are in Asia, compared with just four in 1976.

Although New Zealand remained Australia's biggest visitor market, Chinese arrivals exploded from just 500 in 1976 to 1.2 million in 2016.

South Korea and India also joined the top 10, at the expense of Canada, Germany and Papua New Guinea.

"China has almost caught up to New Zealand as the most popular source country for visitors to Australia," said Jessica Noack from the ABS Migration Analysis and Reporting Team.

"After China, visitors from Vietnam had the highest growth rate over the past 40 years, growing from 100 in 1976 to 70,500 in 2016.

"United Arab Emirates had the next highest growth rate, increasing from 100 in 1976 to 40,900 in 2016 while visitors from South Korea grew from 1200 in 1976 to 286,000 in 2016."

A total of 8.3 million people travelled to Australia in 2016, up 11% on the previous year.

New South Wales was the most popular destination for overseas arrivals claiming nearly 38% of all short-term trips, Ms Noack said.

"That was followed by Victoria on 25% and Queensland with 22%," she said.

The most frequently cited reason for journey was for a holiday, making up over half of all journeys, and 11 days was the average length of stay.

Tourism and Transport Forum CEO Margy Osmond said the figures were very pleasing and highlighted the need for the Federal Government to stop slugging the industry with higher taxes and charges.

"The backpacker tax and the $60 holiday tax - the Passenger Movement Charge - on travellers is still fresh in the minds of the industry and the full impact of these measures have yet to filter through," said Ms Osmond.

"This year must be about the government keeping its hands out of the pockets of the industry so we can reach our full potential as a wealth and jobs generator for the nation."

She said 2017 should be a year of investment in tourism infrastructure, such as airports, cruise terminals, roads and public transport.

"We need to make sure Australia can remain competitive in an increasingly cut-throat global tourism market."

Topics:  australian bureau of statistics china new zealand tourism tourism and transport forum australia


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Family fun farm day offers prizes

The Farm Fantastic Expo is coming to the Caboolture Showgrounds.

Take the family out to Farm Fantastic for your chance to win

Petition continues push for Bongaree water tower facelift

SAD SIGHT: Resident Keith Smith hopes a push from the community will bring Unitywater's focus to the Bongaree water tower.

The submission and petition will be put to Unitywater and council.

Work gearing up on $2.2 million transport upgrade

UPGRADE: Bongaree is in for a makeover

Bongaree is set to recieve a massive makeover on it's transport link

Local Partners

Vital Queensland service needs your help

THEY help 40,000 people by providing more than 140 services. And now they need your help.

Bundy mum blogging to get families offline

FAMILY FUN: Deonie Crowther is holding family craft sessions at the Windmill Cafe in Bargara.

Crafty projects a hit with parents and children

Take luxury food, wine tour around Toowoomba

FOODIE CULTURE: Emily Moon (left) and Cheryse Bliesner with the Hummer used for Toowoomba's Luxury Food and Wine Tour.

It is designed to highlight the best produce the region has to offer

Country music stars coming to Ipswich

Ipswich will get it's country on when The Country Superstars Tribute Show hits town on Friday, June 30 at Brothers Leagues Club.

A UNIQUE tribute show will bring a bit of country into the city.

Cleverman in a battle for survival

Koen is the only hope for the Hairypeople, as he realises the full potential of his powers in season two of the ABC's hit sci-fi series.

Game of Thrones: Crucial details you probably forgot

Emilia Clarke in a scene from season 7 of Game of Thrones.

There are some crucial story points to remember before season seven.

Pregnant Serena Williams nude on cover of Vanity Fair

"My heart dropped. Like literally it dropped,”

Wonder Woman sequel underway

Gal Gadot in a scene from the movie Wonder Woman.

IT’S no surprise plans are already underway for Wonder Woman 2.

MasterChef: Fish fry feast too much for Ipswich cook

Willowbank native Nicole Stevenson has been eliminated from MasterChef.

NICOLE Stevenson narrowly misses out on MasterChef's Top 10.

Agent judged among the world's best

Century 21 on Duporth principal Damien Said with team members Ryan Tomlinson, Jamie Smith, Kristie Cannon, Andrew Richardson and Sarah Beckman at the Maroochydore office.

Sunshine Coast real estate agent named in world-wide group's top 25

Island caretaker has weeks to live, abandons paradise

St Bees managing director Phil Webb, has been struck with illness and it has prompted the sale of the island.

His health has deteriorated in the past couple of months

Prime CBD site sold as laneway culture progresses

The Longs building Ruthven Street has been purchased by a group of investors to be renovated into a series of shops/eateries.  June 2017

How investors and council plan to transform the Toowoomba CBD

Gateway opens to $3b Coast mega estate

VISION: An artist's impression of the Palmview development 'Harmony' and its linear park.

New road provides link from the past to the future

Major German supermarket set to open in southeast Queensland

German supermarket giant Kaufland is understood to have approached southeast Queensland councils about a possible distribution centre, which would kickstart the establishment of new supermarkets.

Supermarket giant Kaufland has its eyes firmly on Queensland.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!