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Australia sees increase in US tourism

The number of US visitors to Australia has reached record levels, according to new data.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that 508,700 Americans entered Australia in 2013 - 6.2 per cent more than in the previous year.

Tourism Australia believes the improving global economy has helped to revive interest from the US, as well as high-profile celebrities boosting the attraction of the country.

Spokesman Leo Seaton explained: "We always knew that the appetite among Americans to travel would return, as the US economy improved and the Aussie dollar came off its highs, and made sure we were well placed to take advantage with strong and high profile campaigns such as Oprah in 2010-11."

Last month saw celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie spending sometime in Australia while shooting a new movie, while Leonardo DiCaprio filmed Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby in the country.

Hollywood star Cate Blanchett recently purchased a property in Sydney as an investment for her young children.

Posted by Steve Douglas

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