The latest International Visitor Survey results released today by Tourism Research Australia (TRA) show international visitors to Australia spent a record $37.9 billion in the year ending March 2016, 17 per cent or $5.4 billion more than the previous year.
The number of visitors aged 15 years and over reached 7.1 million, increasing by 575,000 (9 per cent) from the previous year, and nights were up 8 per cent to 248 million. Spending by tourists increased across the top-five markets:
- China: Spend increased 38 per cent to $8.9 billion, visitors increased 23 per cent and nights 15 per cent
- UK: Spend increased 10 per cent to $3.9 billion and visitors 5 per cent. Nights fell 2 per cent
- USA: Spend increased 22 per cent to $3.6 billion, visitors increased 12 per cent and nights 9 per cent
- New Zealand: Spend up 6 per cent to $2.6 billion, visitors increased 5 per cent and nights 2 per cent
- Japan: Spend increased 10 per cent to $1.5 billion, visitors increased 12 per cent and nights 7 per cent.
The International Visitor Survey results are available on the Tourism Research Australia website: www.tra.gov.au