The beauty of Australia's natural landscapes, from pristine coastal areas to lush rainforests and red deserts, makes Australia one of the most desirable travel destinations in the world. More than seven million visitors came to Australia last year, attracted by world-class food and wine, beautiful beaches, unique flora and fauna, friendly people and a relaxed atmosphere.
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International visitors spent more than 248 million nights in Australia in 2015.
Tourism is one of Australia's biggest export industries, adding more than A$37.9 billion to the economy in 2015-16 and employing nearly one million people. With 46 cents in every tourism dollar spent in regional areas, tourism is important to both metropolitan and regional communities.
In 2014-15, a record 7.1 million people visited Australia from overseas. The greatest number came from New Zealand, followed by China, Great Britain, the United States, Singapore and Japan. Around 40 per cent of all spending by tourists in Australia was by Asian visitors, and that market is continuing to grow. Chinese tourists are particularly interested in Australia and over the past decade the number of Chinese tourists has tripled. The number of visitors from India is also rapidly increasing.
Food and wine tourism is expanding, in line with Australia's growing international reputation as a producer of high-quality wines and a supplier of fresh, regionally produced food.
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Australia was one of the first western nations to be awarded 'approved destination status' by China. This scheme provides streamlined travel arrangements for organised tour groups from China to Australia.