• Hannah Phillips

Tourism Growth Continues As Spending Exceeds $103 Billion

The Minister for Trade Seven Ciobo announced on Tuesday that the records keep coming as Australia’s tourism boom keeps growing.

Australian tourists spent a record $62.6 billion holidaying at home for the year ending June 2017, up seven per cent on the previous year.

The new record is revealed in the National Visitor Survey (NVS), which is released today.

It comes two weeks after the International Visitor Survey (IVS) showed international tourists spend a record $40.6 billion over the same period.

Combined total spending by overnight tourists has reached a new record of $103.2 billion.

Overnight trips by Australians have increased to a 93.7 million, up five per cent, while nights reached a record 338 million, up four per cent.

Nearly all states and territories experienced increases in overnight trips with Tasmania, up 16 per cent, enjoying the highest growth.

Tasmania also experienced the largest growth in spending by Australian tourists, up 30 per cent to $2.4 billion.

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