Record breaking year for international tourism

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On 18 November 2015 I released Tourism Research Australia's State of the Industry 2015 report which reveals a record breaking year for Australia's tourism industry.

International visitor inbound arrivals increased by 6.6 per cent to a record 6.6 million arrivals in 2014-15.

International tourism expenditure also reached a new high of $33.4 billion in 2014-15 following growth of 10 per cent.

Australia's domestic tourism is also thriving - with 83.2 million overnight trips recorded last financial year which is the highest on record.

Since the Government identified Tourism as one the five National Investment Priorities, we have facilitated increased tourism infrastructure investment, built focused international marketing and embarked on visa reforms to make it easier for international tourists to come to Australia.

This report provides further evidence that we are on track to reach the 2020 target of increasing overnight expenditure to between $115 billion and $140 billion by the year 2020.

The full report is available here.

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