Australia remains a well-liked place to vacation; with ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) data released these days revealing 1.6 million overseas tourists during first quarter of year2012. In spite of the high Australian dollar as well as continued weak financial backdrop in major regions, there has been a 4.1 % increase in arrivals as compared to first quarter of year 2011.In the initial quarter of recent year, nearly 200,000 people traveled from China, an increase of 10.7 %. Martin Ferguson AM MP, The Minister for Tourism said that, the consequences were encouraging, particularly in the current climate. In spite of the devastation of previous year’s Japanese tsunami, they have seen Japanese tourist arrivals rise 5.8 % to 98,000 in the first quarter of year 2012. An upturn in arrivals is currently more evident from the US, which has increased by 3.3 % and the UK which increased by 3.1 %, regardless of relative weakness in their particular economies.
The strong statistics are evidence to the excellence of Australia’s tourism experiences and products. State governments and the Australian and are continuing to sustain the industry through the execution of the Tourism 2020 Strategy. In the last one year, Gillard Government has invested millions of dollars in the T-QUAL Grants, as well as announced the growth of a Chinese website moreover a ‘Welcoming China’ venture to target Chinese tourists.
Minister Ferguson also underlined the increased aviation ability as a main factor in the development of United States and Chinese visitors. Minister Ferguson said that, the Government of Australia has been in negotiations to keep on expanding our airlines' usage to the world as well as to permit foreign carriers to boost their access to Australia. In recent times, they have seen a large growth in services to and from the United States and China, which are 3 of their largest source markets.