China is set to become Australia’s largest nation of inbound tourists with India and Indonesia expected to follow suit. Tom Hussey reports.
“At the moment New Zealand is our number one market … (with) a million visitors a year,” Mr Hingerty said.
“The perceived wisdom is that China and the Chinese disapora will be our number one inbound tourism market.”
“It’s driven largely by the growth of outbound from China and India in particular, but also from South East Asia,” Dr Peel said.
Despite the high Australian Dollar tourism added $19.5 billion to Australia’s economy in 2012 and 2013 and employed about 500,000 people Dr Peel said.
Melbourne’s laneways were one feature Dr Peel also said were a large attraction for international tourists.
“It certaintly attracts a lot of internationals who find that kind of quaint, unusal, out-there component of our laneways attractive,” Dr Peel said.
However Mr Hingerty said a lot of work needs to be done to cater for these markets such as Chinese signage.