Posted February 16, 2019 05:04:06When Australians first started moving to China, they had to learn to speak Mandarin, use a mobile phone and walk at night.
Then came the introduction of a high-speed train, which has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for travellers, and made it easier for them to enjoy their holidays.
China is now the world’s fastest-growing market for tourism, with China’s economic growth expected to reach nearly 4.2 trillion yuan ($5.1 trillion) by 2022, and tourism arrivals to the country are set to reach over 300 million annually.
But the influx of Chinese tourists to Australia has become more intense in recent years.
In March 2018, Chinese nationals visited Australia for the first time, up from less than 200 a year earlier.
This year, the number of Chinese nationals in Australia has increased by more than a third.
The number of China-based Australians visiting the country more than doubled in the last year, and Chinese nationals have increased by over 400 per cent in just five years.
It’s become increasingly difficult for Australians to travel to China and the Australian Government is working hard to counter this trend.
It’s the biggest increase in Chinese visitors to Australia since 2000, and has been blamed on the rise in property prices in the country.
As China’s economy continues to grow, the government has been investing heavily in infrastructure and cultural development in the state, including an expansion of China National Tourist Development Organisation (CNTO) programs and an ambitious plan to build a “Great Wall of China” around the capital Beijing.
Despite these efforts, the influx has also led to a rise in the number and frequency of Chinese people leaving Australia.
Chinese nationals have now been visiting Australia for a record 3.4 billion days, with an average of just over three per day, compared to less than one per day in 2015.
That’s an increase of more than 1,000 days over the last decade.
What’s more, in recent months, Chinese visitors have been more likely than any other group to stay in their countries of origin, according to data compiled by the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) from the Global Travel Market Tracker (GTM).
Chinese tourists in Australia have stayed in Australia for an average duration of 5.3 days in 2017, up by almost 50 per cent from the year before.
At the same time, Chinese arrivals to Australia fell by more then 50 per% from 2015, and this year Chinese visitors will only be making up 2.5 per cent of all tourists in the market, down from a peak of 11 per cent a year ago.
Although China’s tourism industry continues to thrive, the Chinese government is working to counter the negative impacts of its economy, including slowing migration and economic growth, on the lives of Australian citizens.
We need to create a positive and welcoming environment for Australians.
These challenges are now increasingly evident to Australian travellers, who are increasingly choosing to spend time in China rather than in Australia.