Chinese tourism growth into Australia continued its dramatic decline in December with a snail-like 1.5% year on year increase in arrivals according to the latest ABS stats. Contrast that with the 20% plus gains that have been standard for the past few years.

No comment from Tourism Australia but its NZ counterpart says the slump is due to a sharp increase in holiday prices caused by the China Travel Law, introduced on October 1, which demands minimum tour standards.

Total inbound was up 7.5% compared with the previous year while outbound grew 8% year on year.

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