The latest International Visitor Survey results found NSW attracted more than 3.9 million overnight international visitors in the last 12 months, a 10 per cent increase from the previous year.
Sydney continues to be the most popular Australian capital city for international tourists and regional NSW reached a record high with 781,000 international visitors.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the China market was a key driver in drawing record numbers to the state.
“For the first time, the number of visitors from China exceeded 700,000 for the year and they spent almost $3 billion while here,” Mr Marshall said.
“There was also a huge jump in visitors from Korea, Japan, India and Indonesia, with these markets growing by more than 15 per cent.”