The first three months of 2011, Australia saw 188,600 British visitors, a fall of 11.7 percent compared with the same period last year. However visitors from China rose 23.2 percent, with 179,500 arriving during the first three months of 2011.
The Chinese enjoy spending money whilst on holidays and according to Tourism Australia Chinese visitors spend on average AUD$6803. Chinese visitors aged between 15 to 29 also stay and spend twice as much as British tourists with the average nights spent being 112.
As well as the usual attractions such as our stunning beaches, wildlife, and famous tourist attractions shopping is also very high on the list of thing to do and their favorite past time has helped our tourism industry stay healthy.
Upmarket shops such as Mulberry handbags and J.Farren-Price who specialises in diamonds and high end designer watches are among the favorite
“In the last two years there has been a significant increase in Chinese tourists who have an appetite for fine globally recognised brands,” J.Farren-Price Diamonds director Jullian Farren-Price said.
“We get many Chinese tourists, usually buying a bag for themselves before they return home our most popular at the moment is our Alexa Chung which costs AUD$1810,”Mulberry sales assistant Georgia Milone said.
Tourism Australia executive president Andrew McEvoy said although it is assumed this boom in tourism is just happening now it has actually been carefully cultivated since the mid to late 1990s.
“In 1999 Australia was the first Western country to be granted approved destination status by the Chinese government and we have been building on our relationship with China since then,” said Mr McEvoy.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P