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NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and Minister for Tourism George Souris said that China has become the State's leading tourism market, with tourist numbers from China exceeding numbers from New Zealand for the first time.
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Minister for Tourism George Souris said that China has become the State’s leading tourism market, with tourist numbers from China exceeding numbers from New Zealand for the first time.
Mr O’Farrell says China now ranks as the largest international contributor of visitor nights and expenditure in NSW.
“The latest International Visitor Survey shows that for the year to June 2013, there were 396,000 visitors to NSW from China, compared with 386,000 people arriving from New Zealand,” Mr O’Farrell said.
“The figures show an 18 per cent increase in Chinese visitor numbers to NSW, who provided a $1.3 billion boost to the State’s economy.
“These figures cement NSW as Australia’s number one state for Chinese tourism, attracting 61.2 per cent of all Chinese tourists who visit the country.
“During my visit to China earlier this year I pledged to make NSW the preferred choice for Chinese visitors arriving in Australia and I’m glad to see that goal achieved.
“We are delighted our approach is working and we are pleased to welcome visitors from China to NSW,” he said.
Mr Souris said the strong growth in Chinese visitors to NSW is proof the NSW Government’s strategy to increase visitor numbers from China was working.