10 Nov '11, 8am

Australian tourism industry 'in crisis' with fewer visitors

Australian tourism industry 'in crisis' with fewer visitors

Australia's ailing tourism industry warned on Thursday it was in crisis, with arrivals in September slumping as its soaring dollar and global economic woes kept visitors away. -- PHOTO: INTERNET SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's ailing tourism industry warned on Thursday it was in crisis, with arrivals in September slumping as its soaring dollar and global economic woes kept visitors away. There were just 432,200 international visitors to Australia in September according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released this week, compared with 790,600 cashed-up locals jetting off overseas. It was a 9.0 per cent plunge from the same period last year, with arrivals contracting in the nine months since January. The numbers of Australians taking a foreign holiday, meanwhile, has grown 10.3 per cent across the calendar year, with 5.70 million departures as people take advantage of ...

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