Australian Bureau of Statistics
5249.0 - Australian National Accounts: Tourism Satellite Account, 2012-13 Quality Declaration
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Strong tourism growth affirms 'there's nothing like Australia'
Tourism contributed over $115 million a day to the Australian economy and outpaced the growth of industries such as agriculture, mining and manufacturing according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
"Tourism GDP grew 3.7 per cent during 2012-13, compared to 2.4 per cent for the economy as a whole. "said Sean Thompson from the ABS,
"International tourism was particularly solid, up 5.7 per cent and showed the strongest growth we've seen since 2006-07. The increase was mostly due to strong growth in the number of international visitors (up 4.9 per cent) - while the average spend in Australia on international trips was largely unchanged on the previous year at approximately $4,300 per trip.
"Despite the continuing record numbers of Australians travelling overseas, Australian tourists' consumption on overseas trips fell slightly in 2012-13, down over $200 per trip from 2011-12 to just over $4,540.
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This page last updated 18 December 2013