Leisure travel dominated growth in visitors to Australia last year, according to the latest official survey.
Figures from Tourism Research Australia (TRA) claim that leisure travel was the main factor behind the 6.4 million international arrivals into Australia last year. The total spend rose by 7 per cent to $31.1 billion.
Other encouraging figures reveal holiday arrivals have increased by 8% to 2.9 million, and those visiting friends and relatives are up 10% to 1.8 million.
“Given the current record performance, coupled with the lower Australian dollar, our proximity to the growth markets of Asia, and continued economic recovery in Western markets, the outlook for inbound travel remains positive,” said TRA’s Assistant General Manager, Spiro Kavadias.
“With record international arrivals and strong growth in the investment pipeline, the tourism industry is in a good position to attain its Tourism 2020 goal of increasing overnight tourism expenditure to between $115 and $140 billion by 2020,” he later said.