Although the travel industry in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific is scoring fewer tourist visits recently due to the recession, Australia and New Zealand are blooming in the backpacking sector.
Last year, global travel decreased by four per cent, according to the Tourism Research Australia International Visitor Survey. At the same time, the number of backpackers going to Australia increased by two per cent, their expenses–by 10 per cent, and the total number of visitors in the country, over 15 years of age, was up to 5.17 million.
Per www.news.com.au, “Australia has done what it always does well – held up when the chips are down,” Matt Hingerty, managing director at the Australian Tourism Export Council, said.
He added that such results bring optimism and enthusiasm amongst the members of the tourism council.
New Zealand is not falling behind Australia’s promising outcome in the tourism field, and specifically the backpacking.
The reason is backpackers acquire fewer funds to travel compared to regular tourists. Thus, many traveller enthusiasts go on a trip as backpackers, find temporary jobs while in New Zealand or Australia, and still enjoy the adventure.
“Today’s backpackers were tomorrow’s high-spending tourist families,” Hingerty said.
In a previous post, we gave our readers a rough idea of how much they could earn in different parts of Australia. Official figures for November 2009 are now available on www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/ .