The Chinese are coming and we couldn't be happier

QUEENSLAND is being swamped by visitors, particularly the Chinese, with more than two million outsiders arriving on the state's shores in the past 12 months.

And the Queensland Government could not be more excited.

Tourism numbers for the financial year to June 30 show Queensland as leading Australia for growth in international visitors.

The length of their stay increased by 12% to give the state 46 million "visitor nights" which helped increase spending from overseas tourists by 4% to $4 billion.

More Chinese than ever before landed in Queensland, with 294,000 making the trip - up about 24% compared to the year before.

There were also 163,000 from the United States, a 10% increase, and 205,000 from Britain.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the results showed Queensland could again be the country's top state for tourists.

The state is optimistic about more growth on the Chinese front, with China Southern Airlines to begin daily flights from Guangzhou to Brisbane from November.


Our top visitor countries and how much they increased in 2012-13.

China: 294,000 (24%)

Mainland Europe: 275,000 (6%)

UK: 205,000 (7%)

US: 163,000 (10%)

Singapore: 76,000 (41%)

India: 36,000 (20%)

Indonesia: 25,000 (32%)