Considering take an overseas vacation and craving an exotic environment. You can go wrong with taking a vacation to aesthetically pleasing Australia. From witnessing the Great Barrier Reef to taking in the rain forests and white sandy beaches, the number of tourists booking flights to this vacation destination is ever-growing.
[Australia 2009 by stoofstraat, on Flickr]
Facts on Australian Tourism
Tourism in the Australian part of the globe has had some hard hits over the past years. The newscasts from Asia has been overrun with natural disasters, including floods, cyclones and tsunamis. While this may have dampened tourism numbers just a bit, it certainly hasn’t deterred vacationers from exploring Australia beautiful country. Here are some fast facts on the tourism industry for the country:
– Visitors travelling to Australia rose 5 percent in 2010 and were steady in 2011.
– China, Australia’s primary inbound tourism market, saw a growth of 19.4 percent in 2011 of arrivals, and a 15 percent growth in tourism exports.
– From 2010 to 2011, tourism contributed 23.7 billion to the country’s export earnings.
– Also in that time, tourism’s indirect contribution to Australia’s economy was $38.7 billion. This stat includes industries who do not have direct contact with visitor, rather provide goods and services to the tourism industry.
– This brings the total contribution to Australia’s economy for 2010-2011 $73.3 billion dollars!
– It’s only going to get better from here. Experts are forecasting total visitor consumption to come in at $102 billion this year.
– Australia is faring well in economy, prompting many Australians, themselves, to travel overseas for vacation.
– Tourism in Australia rakes in about $35 billion to the economy.
– Tourism accounts for 8 percent of the country’s total exports.
– The country’s tourism industry provides jobs for over half a million Australians.
The Costs of Australia Travel
Sold on a vacation to Australia? Below is some information to help you plan and give you a little hint at what you’ll be spending – a glimpse as to why Australian tourism brings in so much dough and why you might want to get an Australian certificate 4 in hospitality.
Typical costs in USD:
– The cost to stay in a hostel ranges $20-$35 per nite. These are probably the most economical choice for visitors, unless they choose to camp, which is only $10-$20 a night. Low-cost hotels average $80 a night.
– Food could be a traveler’s biggest expense. Meals at restaurants average $20, or $10 for fast-food sandwiches. Some choose to cook their own meals if staying in hostels.
– To get around and see the sites, trains and buses cost $2-$3. Taking a bus on a long haul could be an option, with Greyhound bus passes ranging $107-$2,500. Camper van rentals start at $45 a day, and these can double as sleeping accommodations.
– There’s no shortage of things to do in Australia but they can be pricey. In example, a one-day trip to the Great Barrier Reef can cost up to $170, and a 2-night island sail can cost $400.
Written by: Kathryn Thorn is a librarian and advocate of continuous education. She writes for the local paper and is currently taking up a business course in Sydney.