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Brits embrace Australian holidays

Sporting events help to boost tourism.

The recent Ashes clash has helped to boost tourism between Britain and Australia.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, November saw a 10.8 per cent increase in travellers arriving from the UK. This helped boost the annual arrivals rate to 4.5 per cent of all incoming travel.

"The Ashes cricket series had not only proved to be a wonderful sporting spectacle but has also been fantastic for Australian tourism," explained Tourism Australia general manager for corporate affairs Karen Halbert.

She added Australia’s hosting of key sporting events plays an important role in continuing to attract visitors, with many taking the opportunity to discover places across the country during their stay.

There were also strong increases in tourist numbers from Asia during the year. Arrivals from Malaysia rose by 25.5 per in November and there was a 19 per cent increase in visitors from Singapore and India.

ABC recently reported Australia could be set to benefit from space tourism, with orbital flight companies potentially basing their operations in the country.

Astronaut Andy Thomas believes Australia is well placed to take advantage of the future demand for space travel because of its location.

Posted by Steve Douglas

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