International Visitors' Food Spend...on the rise
Data released from the International Visitor Survey (IVS) has shown that tourists visiting Australia are spending more money than ever in cafes and restaurants across the country.
The IVS statistics for the 2016 calendar year show that just over $11.5 billion was spent by international visitors on food, drink and accommodation. Out of a total spend of $39.1 billion, the expenditure on food, drink and accommodation was just under 30 per cent of the total.
The food, drink and accommodation spend in 2016 was higher than the equivalent spend for the 2015 calendar year which was $10.8 billion out of a total of just over $36.5 billion.
Tourism spending on the up and up
The latest National Visitor Survey which Australian tourists spent a record $61.7 billion for the year ending March 2017, an increase of $3.7 billion.
The latest visitor arrivals data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
Latest visitor arrivals data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Overseas Arrivals and Departures for Australia
Matt Wright - Friends of Australia Tourism Ambassador
Outback Wrangler Matt Wright has joined Tourism Australia's ambassador network, Friends of Australia, to help promote Australia as a travel destination.
New Festival of Sailing for the Whitsundays
Airlie Beach will host 12 yachts along with their skippers, international crews and supporters for the final stop of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in January 2018.
Golden Horse Australia partners with Accor
Tourism Australia has welcomed the announcement of Golden Horse Australia’s partnership with Accor to manage a $60 million new-build luxury hotel at the Links Hope Island Golf Course property on the Gold Coast.
Mona proposes new waterfront hotel
Founder of Mona, David Walsh has unveiled intentions for a 172 room, 5-star hotel on the museum’s current site in Berriedale, Tasmania.
Signature Experiences of Australia target high value international travellers
Tourism Australia’s ongoing partnership with industry to promote outstanding tourism experiences within a variety of special interest categories is now known as the Signature Experiences of Australia program.
Qantas names new Dreamliner fleet
More than 60,000 suggestions were put forward and 45,000 votes cast in selecting the names of Qantas' fleet of eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners that will fly routes including Perth to London and Melbourne to Los Angeles.