Australia welcomed 694,300 international visitors in October, up 11 per cent on the same month the previous year, taking the total number for the year ending October 2016 to a record 8.14 million.
Australia welcomed 7.99 million visitor arrivals for the year ending August 2016, an increase of 10.9 per cent or an extra 786,000 visitors relative to the previous year.
Australia welcomed 716,000 international visitor arrivals during July, an increase of 14.1 per cent, and the seventh consecutive month of double-digit growth in international visitor arrivals this year.
Australia welcomed 542,000 international visitor arrivals during May, an increase of 11.4 per cent, and the fifth consecutive month of double-digit growth in international visitor arrivals this year.
Japanese visitors to Australia were up almost 50 per cent and Chinese visitors up almost a third in April compared to the same month in 2015 according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures.
International visitor spending continues to register record growth reaching $38 billion for the 12 months to the end of March this year, up 17 per cent or $5.4 billion over the period according to the latest International Visitor Survey conducted by Tourism Research Australia.
Australia welcomed 796,700 international visitors during February 2016, an increase of just over 10 per cent compared to the previous year, as the country continues to see strong results from its long term ‘Tourism 2020’ strategy.
The Asian high-spender market has changed dramatically in recent years and is now dominated by China according to a new report released by Tourism Research Australia.
Australia enjoyed ‘solid growth’ in inbound tourism for the year ending March 2015 with a double digit increase in international visitor spending to an all-time high of A$32.5bn and international visitor arrivals to Australia surpassing 7 million for the first time.
International visitors to Australia aged 15 years and over spent a record breaking $32.5 billion for the 12 months ending March 2015, up 10 per cent off the back of an 8 per cent increase in arrivals and 7 per cent growth in visitor nights.