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Ashes boost for Australian tourism

Aussies have another reason to celebrate the Ashes whitewash over England as the series helped boost the number of UK tourists visiting Australia for a summer holiday.
19 January 2007
Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed 472,200 tourists visited Australia in December - a record month and up 3 per cent on the previous year.

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Visitors from the United Kingdom were up 10.2 per cent, an additional 24,400 Brits, including a large contingent from the Barmy Army, England's loyal band of supporters. 

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Other short-term visitors statistics show a huge percentage increase in arrivals from South Korea, up 23 per cent on last year, and a survey in the country pinpointed Australia as the number one destination for honeymooners.

Chinese visitors also increased by 10.8 per cent whilst Japanese and Taiwanese tourists declined by around 8 per cent each.

The cricket may be nearly over, but there are still plenty of reasons to visit Australia in the coming few weeks.

Australia Day (January 26th) promises nationwide celebrations and February marks the start of the Chinese New Year celebrations, whilst Sydney's Annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras culminates on the 3rd March with the world famous night-time parade through the streets of Sydney and the enormous Mardi Gras party.