26 January, 2008
For the first time in two decades, the number of Australian tourists visiting foreign countries will exceed the number of foreign tourists visiting Australia, while according to official figures, the tourist flow to Greece will show an increase of 8 percent this year.
Based on the Australian Statistical Service, the number of tourists visiting Australia remained stable during the past two years, as opposed to the number of Australian tourists who choose to travel abroad.
Tourist arrivals were up 2 percent (5.65 million tourists) in 2007 and 0.6 percent in 2006 as opposed to departures that were up 11 percent with an overall increase of 60 percent during the past four years.
Most popular tourism destinations for Australians are Thailand, China, India, Japan, France and Latin America.
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