More Chinese go camping in Oz

China | 8 Feb 2019 7:11 pm

A study by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia has revealed that caravan or camping trips are increasingly popular among Chinese tourists in Australia.

"Chinese visitors... are increasingly seeking new and different experiences in Australia," Hugh Fitzpatrick, Industry Researcher with Caravan Industry Association of Australia, told Xinhua in an email interview today.

The researcher mentioned that in 2018, approximately 14,000 Chinese visitors stayed in caravan parks while in Australia.

Over the past 10 years, Chinese visitors have been a key source of growth for tourism around Australia, including the caravan and camping sector. In 2017 alone 14,175 Chinese visitors spent a cumulative total of more than 124,000 nights in caravan parks. This represented a 180 percent increase in nights and a 126 percent increase in visitors from 2016.

Figures from Tourism Research Australia showed a similar trend, as the number of Chinese visitors to Australia on group and package tours declined by 8.4 percent in 2017.

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