New Zealand, the US and Indonesia continue to be the three most popular destinations, but Aussies are travelling more, with Croatia, Israel, Greece, Canada and Spain being the fastest growing markets.
Tourist departures rose by 0.4% in the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), up by 6.3% for the year.
Who comes to visit?
A record number of tourists from China travelled to Australia – 1,373,000, up 12.7% on the year.
Visitors from New Zealand ranked second, with 1,360,300 coming, which was only 1.9% higher on the year.
Total tourist arrivals rose by 0.4%, according to the ABS data, up 8% on the year.
Where Aussies are travelling
Here are the top 10 emerging hot-spots that Aussies travelled to last year.
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Source: ABS and CommSec.
Big benefits for business
The tourism boom has had a positive impact on the Australian economy, especially the travel sector.
“Businesses are doing well at present and it’s not just because Aussie consumers are spending. The constant flow of tourists to Australia is important for a raft of businesses,” says CommSec Chief Economist Craig James.
“For airlines, airports, accommodation and other travel-related businesses, the business environment remains favourable.”
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