The first Chinese tour group arriving under the ‘Approved Destination Status’ (ADS) scheme arrived in Sydney over the weekend to begin a week-long itinerary including visits to Sydney, the Gold Coast and Melbourne.
The group touched down at Sydney Airport on Saturday 14 October ahead of the tour which involves sightseeing opportunities on Sydney Harbour’s ferry routes, the NSW central coast and Surfers Paradise.
The Chinese market is one of the most lucrative for Australian inbound tourism with 1.4 million holidaymakers arriving in the year prior to the pandemic spending AUD 2.1 billion.
In 2019, Chinese visitors on group tours spent roughly AUD 581 million in 2019.
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