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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
Expect stronger numbers in 2014 as Australia sees more Chinese tourists skipping Thailand and airline price wars brining in more international visitors.
Sydney Airport recorded its busiest year in 2013, rounding it off with a lift in passenger traffic in December.
In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange, the airport said it served 37.9 million passengers in the calendar year, a lift of 2.6 per cent compared with 36.9 million in 2012. In December 2013, passenger traffic lifted by 3.5 per cent to 3.4 million, compared with 3.3 million in December 2012.