China leads tourism into Oz

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J China is leading the growth in travel to Australia, with a 63 percent increase in visitors for January this year compared to the same month last year. Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that the Chinese market has topped the number of UK visitors into Australia with up to 453,800 Chinese travellers arriving in Oz last year. Arrivals from Hong Kong in January were also up by 26 percent compared to the same time last year while travellers from Malaysia rose by up to 25 percent. Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson said the increase in travellers from China into Australia was complimented by extra services and flights running between the two countries. “That means there is even greater urgency to use the $12 million we’ve committed with the Queensland Government in the wake of the natural disasters to help the state’s tourism operators connect with a growing and increasingly lucrative market,” Mr Ferguson said. “And wherever there are potential visitors thinking of deferring a trip to Queensland because of the damage, the clear message is that most of the state’s attractions were either unaffected or have recovered very quickly.” Figures are expected to continue rising throughout the year, with Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) managing director Felicia Mariani stating that the east continues to be one of Australia’s most profitable markets and increasing figures from China will be “good news for tourism operators across the country”. “We believe the Asian consumer demand will continue to go from strength to strength over the next 12 months,” Ms Mariani said. last_img

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