Tourism

10 million tourists set to visit Australia in 2019

Brace yourselves, folks, because a record-breaking 10 million plus tourists are set to hit Australia in 2019.

giphy

The stat-savvy folk over at finder.com.au have crunched the numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics to reveal the number of international visitors to Australia has grown by 8 per cent each calendar year on average since 2012.

And, in December, we surpassed 9 million annual visits for the first time!

Bessie Hassan, spokesperson at finder.com.au, said the love affair with the Lucky Country shows no signs of letting up.

“International tourists are pouring into Australia in record numbers,” she said.

“Overseas visitor numbers have grown by a staggering 44 per cent in only five years. The prospect of reaching the 10 million threshold in 2019 is really exciting.”

More than 8.8 million international tourists visited Australia in 2017, according to official statistics, 7 per cent higher than the previous year.

That number was expected to grow to more than 9.5 million by the end of 2018 and a whopping 10.3 million in 2019.

Hassan said visitors from China saw the biggest overall growth last year, with 1.08 million visits from January to September 2018, closely followed by New Zealand (1.35 million).

“Overall, 300,800 more foreigners visited Australia in January-September 2018 than during the same period in 2017,” she said.

“International tourism is booming with Australia receiving a growing market share of global travel.”

Tourists coming to Australia, January to September 2018

Number
China 1,083,000
New Zealand 1,036,500
USA 581,100
UK 549,500
Japan 345,200
Singapore 330,500
Malaysia 305,200
India 265,000
Hong Kong 231,500
South Korea 225,900

Source: finder.com.au; ABS

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Aviation

Plane passenger facing hefty fine over assault of flight attendant

The passenger allegedly ignored instructions from the flight attendant, started yelling expletives at her and other passengers, and then hit her in the face.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

International travel ban for Aussies extended by another three months

With all the COVID-19 variants floating about overseas at the moment, this decision by the federal government really shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Travelport completes first-ever end-to-end rebrand

Wondering how the marketing team at Travelport have been filling their time during the industry’s COVID-induced slowdown? Here’s the answer.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Swan Hellenic selects local trade support partner, introduces vaccine requirement for crew

After being brought back from the dead less than a year ago (in the middle of a pandemic, mind you), Swan Hellenic is still very much alive.

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Life in the time of COVID-19 with The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale

This week, The Fullerton’s GM showed Travel Weekly how to make Salerno-style ravioli. Our editor didn’t have the heart to tell him that he is allergic to gluten.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas to operate first ‘mystery flights’ since the 90s

Flight to nowhere? Check. Flight to somewhere? Check. Flight to who knows where? That’s next for Qantas.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre granted loan extension

There was reportedly a great deal of cheering and yahooing coming from Skroo’s office this morning. Discover the cause here.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Travelling family cop jail time over fake illness claims against tour operator

These halfwit travellers posted pics of themselves enjoying their holiday on social media, and even gave positive feedback about their trip via a survey, despite claiming to be ill.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Your ultimate agent guide to WA’s Margaret River region

by Sponsored by Tourism Western Australia

Have you always pretended to know everything about the Margaret River region to your clients, despite having never actually been there? Continue the facade with this.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Marriott to more than double all-inclusive portfolio through new deal

Just like the waistline of Travel Weekly’s editor, Marriott’s all-inclusive portfolio of hotels and resorts is expanding.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Meet Rob, the world’s first humanoid robotic bartender at sea

Do you live in fear that one day you will be replaced in your job by a robot? Well, if you’re a bartender on a cruise ship, sadly that day has arrived.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

ACCC backs reauthorisation of Qantas-American Airlines alliance

It looks like Alan Joyce and Doug Parker will be buying each other anniversary gifts for the next few years.

Share

CommentComments