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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Record numbers of Australians visit the USA in 2012

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A record number of 1,122,180 Australians visited the United States in 2012, an increase of 8.1 percent year on year. Australia built on steady performance and posted its eighth straight record year.

Australia is now the 10th largest inbound visitor market for the U.S., behind Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Brazil, China (excl. Hong Kong), France and South Korea.

Around 12 percent of Australian arrivals to the U.S. in 2012 were business related while close to 88 percent of Australian arrivals were for leisure.

Visitors from Australia also spent a record of US$5.5 billion in the United States in 2012, an increase of 11 percent when compared to 2011.

Forecasts show that around 1.212 million Australians will visit the U.S. in 2013, with the figure expected to reach 1.562 million by 2018.

Visit USA Australia President Geoffrey Hutton said: "America is still one of the most popular international destinations for Australian travellers. Despite the weakening dollar, all signs point to another record visitation year in 2013."

The Visit USA Organisation Australia is a voluntary industry body that promotes travel to the United States of America. It is funded by individual members from the Australian travel trade as well as from associate members in the USA. There is no funding from the U.S. government. The board members of the organisation work vigorously to promote the U.S. as a desirable destination of choice to Australian audiences. Statistics are courtesy of the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries.

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