AusBN - Western Australia experienced a significant rise in international visitors in 2016, which has handed the state’s tourism industry a much-needed boost.
Figures from Tourism Research Australia revealed that 954,000 international tourists visited WA over the year, an increase of 12.4% on 2015 numbers.
These global visitors injected AUS$2.4 billion in spending money into the WA economy during their time in the state, a 6% rise on the previous year’s spending.
Incoming tourists arrived mostly from the UK and Asia, with 150,000 arriving from the former, while the greatest percentage increases came from Malaysia and Thailand.
Tourism WA CEO Gwyn Dolphin said: "Markets such as Malaysia, Singapore, China — they're the ones we've seen really good rewards for the effort we've put in.
“There's also some other factors with markets like Japan, Korea, which have been quiet for a couple of years, they're starting to pick up slowly.”
However, New South Wales had the largest increase in international visitors in Australia, pipping WA’s figure with a 13% increase in global tourists.