Visitors spend thousands in Australia, new figures show

International visitors to Australia continue to spend huge amounts of overseas travel money, figures recently released by Tourism Research Australia have indicated.

The statistics showed that in the year ending September 30th 2011, the average tourist spent $3,380 down under.

According to the report, the total amount of money shelled out by holidaymakers and other visitors in the 12-month period stood at $18 billion, which marked a five per cent rise on the previous year.

New Zealand proved to be the biggest source of visitors, with more than one million people making the relatively short trip to Australia, while the UK, China and the US were also well represented.

It seems that New South Wales was a popular destination among foreigners, as 51 per cent of all travellers headed for the state during their stay.

Aussie tourism chiefs recently declared their delight after eight hotels across the country were included in Tatler magazine's list of the 101 best hotels in the world in 2012.

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