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Chinese tourists prefer Queensland

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Chinese tourists are holidaying in Queensland in record numbers, injecting an extra $200 million into the state’s economy in just nine months.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey says new figures show more than two million international visitors spent $4 billion on trips to the Sunshine State in the year to September.

“This result represents a four per cent increase in international visitors and a five per cent increase in international visitor spending in the year to September 2013, compared with the previous year,” she said.

Ms Stuckey said Queensland was the preferred state for Chinese holiday-makers, with a record 312,000 people spending $585 million on trips to the state in the first nine months of this year.

The Far North (Cairns) was a popular destination with 144,000 Chinese visitors booking trips there, an increase of more than 41 per cent.