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Australia is enjoying record spending from international tourists, with the visitors splashing $40 billion in the past year alone, the latest International Visitor Survey shows.
New Zealand may still be our main visitors but have had the biggest ever jump in numbers of Chinese and American tourists flooding to our country, fuelling an 11 per cent rise in foreign spending in Victoria.
Our Kiwi neighbours come with tighter purse strings though, their spending flattened out and they stayed for less time compared with the previous year.
Overall, the record foreign numbers hitting our shores have helped a seven per cent rise in spending.
Chinese visitors swelled to 1.16 million and they splashed out $9.8 billion during their stay, while a record 706,000 American tourists spent $3.8 billion.
7.8 million foreign tourists visited Australia during the year to June, up by nearly nine per cent.
New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have been the top-pick destinations for foreign visitors.
NSW Tourism Minister Adam Marshall said regional parts of the state enjoyed their highest volumes of international visitors and expenditure from places like the US, India and Indonesia, with 813,000 foreign tourists spending $1.1 billion.
FOREIGN TOURISM SPENDING STATE BY STATE:
* NSW, up 11pct to $10b
* Victoria, up 11pct to $7.5b
* Queensland, up 3.0pct to $5.2b
* South Australia, up 12pct to $1b
* Western Australia, up 8.0pct to $2.5b
* Tasmania, up 24pct to $457m
* Northern Territory, up 16pct to $485m
* ACT, up 27pct to $535m