Australia is reported to have reached a new tourism record with international visitors reaching a new spending high of AUD41.3 billion (USD52.8 billion) for the year ending December 2017. This represents an increase of six percent on 2016 and an additional AUD2.2 billion (USD2.2 billion) to the Australian economy.
Overall, almost all states saw spending growth from international tourists. Specifically, Tasmania continues to enjoy the strongest growth, with spending by international tourists surging 31 percent during 2017 and up by 90 percent over the past three years.
Meanwhile, Chinese tourists remain Australia's biggest spenders, with a record AUD10.4 billion (USD13.3 billion), representing a 14 percent increase from 2016. Spending by visitors from the US also continues to grow, up three percent to AUD3.8 billion (USD4.9 billion). Other top performers for the year included India, recording a spending of AUD1.4 billion (USD1.8 billion), a 16 percent increase.