AMID the concern surrounding Australian domestic and inbound tourism has emerged an interesting and overlooked fact. Latest stats from Tourism Research Australia show the number of international travellers under the age of 30 (backpackers) is growing and now represent 32% of all visitors to Australia, up from 29% in 2007 to 1.6m last year. Most are coming from New Zealand (14%), the United Kingdom (11%) Japan (10%), the USA and China (both 7%). Korea, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, India and France are also well represented, while their average spend was A$5736. So why haven’t we heard more about them? Perhaps if present growth trends continue, we will.
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