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Published on May 1st, 2018 | by john.weir

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Australia beats the UK and US with the biggest shift in tourism figures

Newly released figures have revealed Australia’s tourism industry is booming, with the country boasting an impressive 8,263,000 total tourist arrivals in 2016, a 37% increase from 2012 figures.

The figures, collected by leading Australia holiday specialist, Austravel, revealed that an increase in Australian tourism rates have trumped both the UK and US, with the UK seeing an increase of 21% and the US, 2% compared to Australia’s 37% rise.

Down Under has seen the biggest increase in personal holidays, with a 45% leap. There were 6,637,000 holidays taken in the country for either leisure or recreation in 2016, in comparison to 4,577,000 in 2012.

The US follows closely behind, with a 30% increase, taking 2012’s figures from 23,690,000 trips to 30,823,000.

Business travel has also seen an increase in the number of people travelling to the country for business purposes, with a 12% increase across the four years in recent measurements.

The boom in tourism is also boosting Australia’s economy. Figures released by Australia’s Tourism Minister, Steve Ciobo, have revealed that international tourism has brought in a staggering $41.3 billion in the 12 months to December 2017, a 6% growth on the previous year.

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John is the editor of Australia & New Zealand magazine, the UK's only title dedicated to travel and migration downunder



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