4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2009  
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INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL TOURISM

The 2008 International Visitor Survey found that more than half (52%) of all overseas visitors attended at least one cultural attraction while in Australia. Of the 2.7 million international cultural and heritage visitors in 2008, 15% were from the United Kingdom, 14% from New Zealand and 14% from Other Asia (Asia excluding China, Japan, Korea and Singapore). The most popular destination for both international and domestic cultural heritage visitors was New South Wales.

Historical or heritage buildings, sites or monuments had the highest rate of attendance by international cultural and heritage visitors (61%), followed by Museums or art galleries (57%).

2.1 INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL AND HERITAGE VISITORS, By activity type - 2008

International cultural and heritage visitors
Type of cultural and heritage tourism activity
%

Attend theatre, concerts or other performing arts
24
Visit museums or art galleries
57
Visit art/craft workshops/studios
18
Attend festivals/fairs or cultural events
21
Experience Aboriginal art/craft and cultural displays
22
Visit an Aboriginal site/community
11
Visit historical/heritage buildings, sites or monuments
61

Source: Tourism Research Australia, Cultural and Heritage Tourism in Australia, 2008.






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