Australia sees increasing number of visitors from China and the US

by Ray Clancy on January 30, 2018

in Australia Travel

Australia continues to be popular with people from all over the world with the latest official figures showing that there were 8.8 million visitors in the 12 months to November 2017.

This is an increase of 7.1% with those arriving for holidays leading the growth with number up by 7.3% over the 12 month period, according to the data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

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The largest number of visitors come from New Zealand at 116,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis, a rise of 2.8% year on year, followed closely by China at 115,800, up 13.9%. Officials expect China to overtake New Zealand in the coming months.

There were some 67,800 visitors from the United States, a rise of 7% and 65,800 from the UK, a more modest rise of just 0.4%. There was strong growth in visitors from India, up 19.6% to 27,400, from South Korea, up 16.1% to 26,300 and from Hong Kong, up 20.7% to 25,300.

Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan believes that the number of tourists arriving from the US will also increase, helped by cheaper and more flights.

‘This is a market benefitting from strong aviation capacity and competitive airfares, and will certainly be a big focus for us in 2018,’ he said.

There is a new air route from Houston to Sydney. The United Airlines service is expected to bring 27,000 extra US visitors to Australia. The route is Sydney’s longest at almost 14,000 kilometres and connects through a major hub to locations across the US, Canada and Central and South America.

‘Houston presents an exciting opportunity for travellers coming from the US to access Sydney through a direct service. This is great news for travellers as well as businesses across New south Wales,’ said Sydney Airport chief executive officer Geoff Culbert.

‘United Airlines’ new service will not only help drive tourism and trade, but create exciting new pathways to the US, Canada and Central and South America. It will also make it easier for tourists from the US and beyond to visit Sydney. The US is our third largest international visitor market. This route means exciting new connections throughout the US,’ he added.

Patrick Quayle, vice president of international network at United Airlines confirmed this. ‘Our new service to Houston provides customers direct access to one of the country’s largest business centres and it offers customers the opportunity to conveniently connect to hundreds of cities including Miami, Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Mexico City, Cancun, and more,’ he pointed out.

According to New South Wales Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall, the opportunity this new service created to further grow visitor numbers from the US market was a huge coup for tourism businesses across the state.

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