Tourism boosted by increased travel from Asia

A RISE in Asian tourists coming to Australia for holidays helped push international tourism arrivals up 6.9% in November, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed on Monday.

The latest overseas arrivals and departures figures showed double digit increases in international tourists from 10 of Australia key markets.

Tourism and Transport Forum chief executive John Lee said extra airline capacity and strong marketing campaigns led to a 34.9% rise in Malaysian visitors, 27.1% growth in Thai tourists and 14.4% growth from Chinese visitors in November.

"Indications are that this growth will continue, with The Australian Open, which has started today in Melbourne, attracting growing numbers of visitors from China, where tennis is becoming increasingly popular," he said.

The data also revealed an 8.6% rise in Americans visiting Australia and growth of 10% in Japanese tourists in November.

"However, the impact of excessive aviation taxes is clear, with a decline in the number of British tourists coming to Australia and a fall in the number of Australian visitors to the UK for the year ending November - the only major country where that is the case," Mr Lee said.

Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson also welcomed the figures, saying the increase would help the industry meet the Tourism 2020 goal of $140 billion in overnight expenditure.

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3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Nov 2012

Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism International Visitor figures 2011-2012