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September 22, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Australia’s record-breaking tourism boom keeps growing – and figures released yesterday show domestic tourism is roaring ahead, alongside inbound tourism. Outbound tourism is doing well too.

Australian tourists spent a record AUD 62.6 billion holidaying at home for the year ending June 2017, up 7% on the previous year – and Tasmania is the big star.

The new record is revealed in the National Visitor Survey (NVS), released yesterday.

It comes two weeks after the International Visitor Survey (IVS) showed international tourists spent a record AUD 40.6 billion over the same period.

Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Steven Ciobo

Combined total spending by overnight tourists has reached a new record of AUD 103.2 billion.

A statement yesterday by Australia’s Tourism Minister, Steven Ciobo, said tourism was driving the country’s economy and this would continue into the future. It was creating and supporting jobs right across the country, Ciobo said.

More people are holidaying at home in Australia, which is driving the record spending by Australian tourists.

Overnight trips by Australians have increased to a record 93.7 million, up 5%, while nights reached a record 338 million, up 4%.

Nearly all states and territories experienced increases in overnight trips with Tasmania, up 16%, enjoying the highest growth. Tasmania also experienced the largest growth in spending by Australian tourists, up 30% to AUD 2.4 billion.

Ciobo attributed the continued growth of Australia’s tourism industry to “the Turnbull Government’s record funding for Tourism Australia and investment in tourism infrastructure”.

In 2013 the Coalition returned responsibility for domestic tourism marketing to the states and territories to refocus Tourism Australia on Australia’s international marketing capacity.

Outbound tourism from Australia is doing well and is currently running about 6.5% ahead of the corresponding month in 2016. See: Vietnam is running hot for Australian travellers

Edited by Peter Needham

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