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Brits rank Australia as top holiday destination

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Brits rank Australia as top holiday destination

UK citizens are increasingly making overseas money transfers to Australia as globe trotting Brits rate Down Under as their number one holiday destination.

According to Tourism Australia's general manager for the UK and Northern Europe, Rodney Harrex, Britain has a long-standing "love affair" with its Antipodean cousin.

Furthermore, the two nations were described as having many historical and cultural links that encourages droves of British tourists to migrate to Australia every year.

"Brits consistently say that Australia is the number one destination they'd like to experience and they are inspired to visit by our weird and wonderful wildlife, the friendly locals and the opportunity to enjoy their own Aussie adventure," explained Mr Harrex.

Tourists are drawn in by the uniquely Australian activities, such as sailing into Sydney's iconic harbour, outback pubs and wild kangaroos.

"The country boasts many truly unique experiences and as we have such a high repeat visitation rate," he said, adding: "We know that we exceed the expectations of our international visitors who love to return on holiday."

Additionally, the government's tourism arm touted the Sydney, Rock and Reef tour across the country, which includes the famous opera house-hosting city, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Great Barrier Reef.

Data collected by the National Office of Statistics has shown that Britons are returning to the skies as a more hopeful outlook for the economic future heralds the end of the staycation.

During the three -month period of February to April 2011, international travel increased when compared to the previous three months and the same period in 2010.

Four per cent more UK holidaymakers travelled abroad during the three months, bringing the total number of overseas tourists to 13.5 million.

Sean Tipton, a spokesman for ABTA, which represents travel agents and tour operators, speculated that the recession had been putting people off from travelling.

He told the Independent: "That has changed. People are now beginning to realise that they've missed out."

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