Australia’s Chinese tourism boom has slowed, due to China’s slowing economy, increasing hotel supply in the country, visa issues and the growing choice of destinations for Chinese travellers.
Tourism Research Australia says Chinese leisure visitors to Australia fell by 1.3% over the financial year to June 30 2019, compared with 13% increase the year before. This follows a decade of growth of 16.5% a year, seeing visitors from China grow to over 1 million a year, up from just 227,000 a decade ago.
This could be natural fluctuation of numbers, but the Australian tourist industry has been warned about complacency. Currently 80% of tourism in the country is domestic, and of the 20% of foreign visitors, the makeup includes a healthy New Zealand stream, also from the UK stream, the US, Europe and emerging markets of India and Southeast Asia.