Australia's post record-high tourism profits due to high Chinese tourist arrivals

August 29, 2015 5:32 am 

MELBOURNE, Aug. 28 — Australia has noted a a record-high revenue from its tourism industry due to the rise in the number of Chinese tourists flocking to the country.

News Corp revealed on Friday that the country's earnings from international tourism this year reached USD23.4 billion. Such amount is higher by USD2 billion than the figures from 2013.

Data from Tourism Research Australia showed there were Chinese tourist arrivals in the country reached 829,000 by the end of March. This is 19 percent higher than figures from the past year.

In particular, the rise in Victoria's international tourism numbers were linked to marked Chinese interest.In fact, Melbourne, Victoria's capital city, was recently named the world's most livable city by the Economist magazine for the fifth consecutive year.

"People today are so mobile when looking for a prestige holiday destination, so any little marketing advantage helps. There is also the rise of the newly-moneyed-urban class in china seeking that Western sophisticated experience with a touch of home," Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle told News Corp.

Australia's three mainland eastern states — New South Wales (3,272,578), Victoria (2,230,933) and Queensland (2,196,434) — were the only three regions to have in excess of a million international visitors over the course of the year.

The largest growth sector was from Indian travelers, with the group's 25 percent increase largely attributable to Australia co-hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup earlier this year.(PNA/Xinhua)

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