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: