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10 million tourists to visit Australia in 2019

    • More than 9.5 million visited in 2018
    • China, New Zealand and USA are three largest countries of origin
    • Tips for planning your next international trip

3 January, 2019, Sydney, Australia – For the first time ever, more than 10 million tourists will travel Down Under in 2019, according to new research by, the site that compares virtually everything. crunched the latest data from Australian Bureau of Statistics to reveal the number of international visitors to Australia has grown by 8% each calendar year on average since 2012.

Overseas visits to Australia are set to pass 9 million annually for the first time by the end of this month, the new analysis shows.

Bessie Hassan, spokesperson at, said the love affair with the Lucky Country shows no signs of letting up.

"International tourists are pouring into Australia in record numbers.

"Overseas visitor numbers have grown by a staggering 44 per cent in only five years. The prospect of reaching the 10 million threshold in 2019 is really exciting," she said.

More than 8.8 million international tourists visited Australia in 2017, according to official statistics, 7% higher than the previous year.

That number is expected to grow to more than 9.5 million by the end of 2018 and a whopping 10.3 million in 2019.

Hassan said visitors from China saw the biggest overall growth so far this year, with 1.08 million visits from January to September 2018, closely followed by New Zealand (1.35 million).

"Overall, 300,800 more foreigners visited Australia in January-September 2018 than during the same period in 2017.

"International tourism is booming with Australia receiving a growing market share of global travel," she said.

Tourism operators are in the midst of their biggest month of the year - with the number of overseas visitors peaking every December.

A staggering 754,400 international tourists flocked to Australia in December 2017, with that number predicted to top 800,000 this month.

"The year is set to finish strong and more visitors means more hotel stays, more meals eaten in restaurants and more goods purchased in stores.

"And that means more jobs and a boost to our economy," she said.

Tourists coming to Australia, January to September 2018

New Zealand1,036,500
Hong Kong231,500
South Korea225,900

Source:; ABS

Industry trends:

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