REVEALED: Australia the most popular country for first-time Chinese travellers

AUSTRALIA has taken out the top spot as the most popular country for first-time visits for Chinese travellers, with the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne continuing to dominate as preferred Aussie holiday destinations.

The result was revealed in a new report published by on Wednesday.

“In the year that saw China become Australia’s largest and most valuable inbound tourism market, the Chinese International Travel Monitor (CITM) report found Australia to be the most popular country for first-time visits for Chinese travellers, recovering from a third position slump last year,” Marketing Manager David Spasovic said.

“This top spot was taken out after a three per cent year-on-year increase, beating out Canada and France”.

According to the popular booking website, Chinese travellers have also significantly increased their travel expenditure down under, spending 40 per cent more than last year.

The report found Chinese travellers spent a record $10.4 billion on their Aussie travels, with millennials born after 1990 driving the trend.

Interestingly, Australia’s appeal seems to revolve largely around our once-in-a-lifetime “must see” destinations and landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef, with film and television (62%) and social media (52%) also revealed as the main source of inspiration for Chinese travellers.

According to the report, Sydney (73%), Melbourne (61%), and the Gold Coast (33%) continue to dominate as the preferred destinations for future Chinese travel plans.

Ambulance QLD

Motorist injured in early morning rollover at Robina

A WOMAN has been taken to hospital after a car crashed into a set of traffic lights and rolled at Robina early this morning.

The accident happened at the intersection of Robina Parkway and Cheltenham Drive just before 5.00am.

A woman, whose age is not known, was treated at the scene by Queensland Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

Lights remain blacked out at the intersection, with crews working to get them back up an running.

Motorists are being urged to drive with caution in the area.

Police Lights

Young girls found safe and well after going missing from Logan

UPDATE @ 9.15 AM | TWO young girls who were reported missing from Bannockburn have been found.

The pair were found safe and well on Monday, police confirmed a short time ago.

EARLIER @ 6.30 AM | Queensland Police are appealing for help to locate two 11-year-old girls missing from Bannockburn.

The girls were last seen at a home around 9pm on Sunday and may be traveling to Dutton Park, police say.

They are both described as about 150cm tall, medium build, Caucasian with Brown shoulder length hair and brown eyes.

One girl was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and dark ¾ length tights and the other was last seen wearing shorts and a pink T-shirt with white and black stripes.

Police are appealing for the girls or anyone with further information to contact police.

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Ambulance NSW

Man seriously injured in Tamborine Mountain Quad Bike crash

A MAN has been rushed to hospital after a midnight quad bike crash at Tamborine Mountain.

The accident happened on Main Western Road just before 1.00am this morning.

The man, aged in his 30s, was treated at the scene by paramedics for a serious leg injury.

He was then taken to Gold Coast University Hospital for further treatment.

Queensland Ambulance confirmed the man was tranported in a stable condition.

Ambulance QLD

Man injured after colliding with car during midnight bike ride

A MAN has been taken to hospital after he collided with a car at Ashmore overnight.

It’s understood the man, whose age is not known, was riding on Slatyer Avenue when he was hit by a vehicle around 1.00am.

Miraculously, he managed to escape with only minor injuries.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being transported to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.