Australia continues to state a claim as one of the titans of world tourism, with explosive growth in the number of people visiting the country for a taste of life Down Under.
We all know that Australia is a popular destination which places high up on many people’s bucket lists, but you may be surprised just how popular it really is: the country is now on course to welcome over 8 million overseas visitors by the end of this year (2016) after an impressive rise in monthly arrivals – a total that would be a record for a single calendar year.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed that a total of 716,000 visitors touched down for a holiday in July, a 14% increase on the same month in 2015.
The states of New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania all recorded a double-figure increase in numbers, while tourists visiting Queensland were up by 9.2 per cent.
Arrivals from the United States experienced a spike of 27.4 per cent and the number travelling in from Korea rose by 33.3 per cent. The country with the biggest number of holidaymakers coming over to Australia is New Zealand, with 131,000 New Zealanders flying over in July alone.
Margy Osmond, Tourism and Transport Forum CEO, believes Australia still hasn’t unlocked its full potential to become even more of a must-visit destination for people all around the world.
“Month after month, the evidence continues to build why Australia’s visitor economy is the industry to back with a dedicated economic strategy from the Federal Government. If we get the right plan in place we can do much better than what we are seeing at the moment,” she said.