CANBERRA, Australia -- An increase of 6.3% in international
arrivals to Australia in February marked the sixth consecutive
monthly rise, according to Joe Hockey, the Australian federal
government minister for small business and tourism.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics' preliminary figures for
February 2004 over February 2003 showed U.S. travel to Australia
was up 4%.
Indigenous and nature-based tourism are consistently rated as
some of the main reasons tourists visit Australia, according to
Hockey, and the government is directing about $3 million in funding
to these areas, he said.
The Australian government also announced increases in the "near
future" in airline capacity between Australia and the U.S. as well
as China, India and Korea, Hockey added.
"So far this year, the Australian Tourist Commission has
launched more than 30 campaigns across the U.S., U.K., continental
European, Asian and Japanese markets. These campaigns are helping
to lift interest in traveling to Australia and are bolstering
tourism numbers," he said.
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