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first_imgAustrade and Tourism Research Australia has released the latest stats on international visitors to Australia for the year ending September 2016, and the number of visitors to the country in that period, aged 15 years and over, reached 7.4 million, spending a record $38.8 billion, an increase of 11%, or $4 billion, on the previous year. Nights were up 4% to 251 million.The holiday and education segments underpinned the strong growth for the year. Combined, these segments accounted for 67% of total trip spend by international visitors to Australia. Arrivals for business were steady at 808,000, growth in travel party type was highest for family groups (parents and children travelling together) at 19% to 942,000 visitors, and adult couples and friends and relatives travelling together both increased 17% to reach 1.6 million and 822,000 respectively. Solo travellers increased 7% to 3.8 million.Strong growth was reported across the majority of Australia’s major markets. Fifteen of 20 markets had record visitor numbers during the year including New Zealand, China, the US, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Germany, Scandinavia and Switzerland, France, Canada and Thailand. China, the US, Korea and Japan were major contributors to the increase in spend for the year, contributing an extra 2.7 billion over the year (or 68% of the total increase). Austradelast_img

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