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International tourism in SA passes $1billion for the first time


A record 436,000 international visits to South Australia in the year ending March 2017, drove up expenditure by 12 per cent to $1.1 billion – way ahead of the national growth rate of 8.1 per cent.

Figures show visitors stayed a total of 10.6 million nights, up 8.8 percent and exceeding the national average growth rate of 5.4 per cent.

The United Kingdom continues to be South Australia’s largest visitor market, followed by the United States of America, China and New Zealand.

However Chinese tourism was the top driver of growth with a 48 percent increase in visits to 50,000 and a total spend of $315 million. 

Visitor numbers from India are also strengthening, with the market up 30 percent to 13,000 visits with expenditure increasing by 130 per cent to a record high $41 million.

The International Visitor Survey Results are available at www.tra.gov.au.

Image Caption: South Australia welcomed a record number of overseas visitors in the year ending March 2017.

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