TTF: China to become the biggest source of international visitors

    Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) commented (12-May-2017) on new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics highlighting for the first time China is on the cusp of overtaking New Zealand as Australia‘s biggest source of international visitors. TTF CEO Margy Osmond stated: “In the period to Mar-2017, Australia welcomed 1.3 million Chinese visitors, an increase of 12.3% year on year, and just 100,000 fewer than New Zealand. Chinese visitors are the highest spending of all nationalities visiting Australia with an average spend of AUD8328 (USD6158) per trip, and with the number of Chinese tourists traveling overseas each year expected to double to 200 million by 2020, the Chinese tourism boom is well and truly set to become the backbone of Australia’s visitor economy”.