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

Aviation Wrap: Fiji Airways’ global sale, Virgin’s croc-tastic deal, Qantas’ centenary livery + MORE

Already off to a flying start this week? Well, allow these aviation deals and updates to help you soar even higher.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

“We can’t wait”: Virgin all set to defeat Qantas in battle for Tokyo slot

by Huntley Mitchell

Have you noticed Virgin Australia staff walking around with puffed-out chests and singing Queen’s “We Are The Champions” today? Discover the cause here.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourist drowns at popular Queensland snorkelling spot

It is believed the international tourist had a medical condition and was unable to be revived after he was pulled out of the water unconscious.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Santiago protests cause metro shut down, looting, curfews and flight cancellations

by Ali Coulton

Travellers are being warned to exercise caution in the Chilean capital after violent protests resulted in 11 deaths, disruptions to public transport and a curfew.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Rail Europe outlines two-year, $811m revenue target and global tech strategy

by Huntley Mitchell

It’s full steam ahead for Rail Europe, which appears to be on the right track for growth. Apologies for the puns.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Flight forced to divert to Dublin over “chemical spill”

by Ali Coulton

Two crew members and one passenger were taken to hospital upon landing after a chemical released a “noxious smell” into the cabin.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Marriott to “jumpstart” all-inclusive offering with hotel group acquisition

The world’s biggest hotel group is set to get even bigger, thanks to a fresh acquisition.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Passengers receive lifetime ban from cruise line after taking “reckless” selfie

by Ali Coulton

Similarly, Travel Weekly journalists have copped a life ban from the cafe downstairs after being caught spiking our own coffees while on the premises.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Aussie Island recognised in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel’ list

Take note, folks: one of the most prestigious hit lists in the industry has released its picks for 2020. Get the lowdown on what you need to know to sell them here.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

STUDY: The top five destinations for Chinese tourists during Golden Week

Do you have zero idea what Golden Week is? Neither did Travel Weekly’s editor, until he wrote this story.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Etihad partners up to launch new low-cost airline

Were you only recently complaining about how expensive flights are these days? Settle your rage by reading this.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Barbie is now an Airbnb host

Barbie has become an Airbnb host, listing her Malibu Dreamhouse on the home-sharing site. And yes, everything is pink.

Share

CommentComments