Growing Chinese visitor numbers great news for Qld tourism

Mission Beach blogger Pete Faulkner has been closely following Chinese visitor numbers, given that many tourism operators, especially in the Far North, are hopeful that Chinese tourism will revive their industry. Regarding yesterday’s new overseas arrivals and departures data from the ABS, Pete notes (Chinese arrivals trend continues to grow):

Chinese arrivals into Australia over the past 12 months are now approaching 3/4 million and, with over 20% of these coming into Cairns, the positive impacts on the FNQ tourism sector continue to be significant.

You can see the strong trend over the last couple of decades in the chart below of Chinese short-term arrivals to Australia:


Other potentially good news for Queensland tourism was the Foreign Investment Review Board’s approval last month of the purchase of land for the Aquis mega-resort at Yorkeys Knob, just north of Cairns (Chinese developers get OK for $4.2 billion mega-resort near Cairns). While this is likely a positive development for the regional economy, some community members are concerned about possible environmental and social impacts. Cairns blogger Mark Beath has been providing ongoing critical analysis of this proposal, including this recent post:

Why no circus in Aquis Casino proposal?

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4 Responses to Growing Chinese visitor numbers great news for Qld tourism

  1. Mark Beath says:

    Let me clarify that I am not specifically opposed to the proposal. I am critical of the way it has been pursued.

  2. Mark Beath says:

    That’s OK. I actually support the position of the Newman Gov’t to request competitive tenders even though this seems to have got up the nose of Aquis from the most recent report in The Australian. This is what Singapore has previously done and also now being pursued in Japan. The Aquis position in Cairns has always been rather a PR campaign to subvert any competitive process and fast track an immature proposal. I wont be happy until they at the very least disclose the KPMG report they have used in PR on claimed economic benefits and employment which has always been withheld.

    • Gene Tunny says:

      Interesting, thanks. I agree they should at least disclose the economic analysis. While it’s possible the economic impact estimates are overly optimistic, I expect there would be some multiplier effects from the project given the state of the regional economy.

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