China beats NZ as Australia’s largest source market for the first time
For the year ending February 2018, China has overtaken New Zealand as the largest source market for travelers to Australia for the first time ever.
Aided by the stream of airlines servicing tourism hubs such as Cairns and other east coast cities, some 1.39 million Chinese visited Australia over the last twelve months, up 13.2% on the year prior and surpassing the 1.36 million visitors from neighboring New Zealand.
A record number of tourists also visited Australia from the United States (798,400) and India (309,400), each up 9.5% and 14.9%, respectively from the previous year.
In the month of February, total visitor arrivals increased by 16.1% compared to 2017, giving a sneak peek into Australia’s anticipated robust tourism growth in 2018.
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