Queensland is experiencing a boom in holiday makers from China.

The latest International Visitor Survey, released on Wednesday, showed that the number of Chinese visitors increased by 27 per cent in 2012 to 261,000.

They spent $468 million.

United States traveller numbers were up eight per cent to 160,000 and spending increased nine per cent to $258 million.

Asian travellers now make up 42 per cent of international visitors to Queensland and that's forecast to grow further.

In signs Japan is starting to recover after the tsunami, Japanese visitors also flocked to the state, up seven per cent to 177,000.

Continental European travellers increased by three per to 269,000 with the decline from the UK in recent years stabilising with 192,000 visitors.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said two million overseas visitors spent $3.8 billion and 44 million nights in Queensland in 2012.

"Both these figures are increases on the year prior," Ms Stuckey said.

 

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