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Australian Tourism earning - breaks into top ten in the world.



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Media Release The Hon Fran Bailey, MP

11 August 2005

AUSTRALIAN TOURISM EARNING - BREAKS INTO TOP TEN IN THE WORLD

A global increase in the numbers of international tourists shows tourism is going from strength to strength Minister for Small Business and Tourism Fran Bailey said today.

"Australia is now positioned as a world top ten tourism earner which is a fabulous achievement and a credit to our tourism industry," Fran Bailey said

"The figures from the World Tourism Organisation’s (WTO), World Tourism Barometer, show there were 763 million visitor arrivals recorded worldwide in 2004.

"This is a 10.7 per cent increase of worldwide international arrivals between 2003 and 2004. International visitors to Australia increased by 9.9 per cent between 2003 and 2004.

"According to the WTO report, Australia accounted for 5.2 million of these arrivals and came in at number 10 for tourist expenditure, with $US13 billion ($AUS 17.7 billion) in expenditure recorded in 2004.

“In terms of per capita takings ($US), Australia performs extremely well coming in fourth ($653 per capita), with respect to the top 10 countries by total takings ($US).”

The top-ten list of the world's top tourism earners reads from number one; the USA (US$ 74.5 billion), Spain (US$ 45.2 billion), France (US$ 40.8 billion) Italy (US$35.7 billion), followed by Germany (US$ 27.7 billion), the United Kingdom (US$ 27.3 billion), China (US$ 25.7 billion), Turkey (US$ 15.9 billion), Austria (US$ 15.4 billion) and Australia (US$ 13 billion) closes the list.

"The WTO report also showed that Australia continued to perform strongly in 2005, between January to April 2005 the number of visitor arrivals to Australia were up 9.8 per cent in comparison with a 7.7 per cent increase globally," Fran Bailey said.

"These figures show the resilience of the tourism industry around the world and that the industry as a whole is regaining momentum from the set backs of previous years.

"These are also positive results for the Australian tourism industry as the report shows that Australia is a competitive tourist destination in an international market.

“Australia’s $73 billion tourism industry is now one of our largest industries and deserves its place alongside mining, agriculture and manufacturing as one of our most important industries for Australia’s economy,” Fran Bailey said.

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