Four decades ago, 10 visitors from China arrived in Australia each week. During 2016, the same number arrived every five minutes. More than one million Chinese visitors to Australia have delivered the local tourism industry a record year in 2016. In total, 8.3 million visitors came to Australia for a short-term stay during the year, up by almost one million on 2015. The government has been developing better aviation ties with China and has been promoting 2017 as the "Australia-China year of tourism." It has allocated $629 million over four years to Tourism Australia, much of which will be spent on offshore marketing, and is currently trialling 10-year multiple entry visas. "It's easy to get here, there's now a 10 year visa in place for the Chinese market, we've moved to open skies and there's been a 40 per cent growth in airline capacity to Australia from mainland China," Tourism Australia's Managing Director said. Find out more.