Australia is proving to be even more popular with people from China with the latest data showing that they made a record number of visits to the country in 2016.
The figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that short term trips from China have grown from 500 in 1976 to 1.2 million in 2016, making it the country with the highest growth rate in that period.
Jessica Noack from the ABS Migration Analysis and Reporting Team pointed out that there had been a phenomenal growth in arrivals from China over the past 40 years.
‘China has almost caught up to New Zealand as the most popular source country for visitors to Australia,’ she added.
After China, visitors from Vietnam had the highest growth rate over the past 40 years, growing from 100 in 1976 to 70,500 in 2016. United Arab Emirates had the next highest growth rate, increasing from 100 in 1976 to 40,900 in 2016 while visitors from South Korea grew from 1,200 in 1976 to 286,000 in 2016.
Of the top 10 source countries in 1976 and 2016, seven appeared for both years: New Zealand, the United States, the UK, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and Hong Kong. In 1976 these seven made up over two thirds of short term visitor arrivals while in 2016 those same countries accounted for over half of the total number of short term visits.
Countries that made the top 10 list in 2016 that didn’t appear in 1976 were China, South Korea and India while in 2016, New Zealand was still our top source country, with the number of short term arrivals nine times higher than that in 1976.
After New Zealand and China, the most popular sources of travellers in 2016 were the United States with 714,700, the United Kingdom with 709,600 and Singapore with 443,600.
New South Wales is the most popular destination for overseas visitors in 2016, claiming nearly 38% of all short-term trips. It was followed by Victoria with 25% and Queensland 22%.
The most frequently cited reason for journey was for a holiday, making up over half of all journeys, and the median amount of time people spent in Australia was 11 days.