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AFTA Releases New Report In Support Of Travel Agents

April 3, 2017 Business News No Comments Email Email

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has today released a new monthly report titled AFTA Travel Trends, aimed at helping AFTA members and the greater travel industry understand the latest patterns in travel.

The report details outbound departures and inbound arrivals data for the major Australian source markets and destinations that Australians are travelling to. The publication also provides information on the market share of airlines and the underlying purpose of international travel for Australians.
“More than 70% of all Australian departures are made through an Australian Travel Agent and, as a trusted source of industry information and data. AFTA is pleased to be able to collate this into our new Travel Trends monthly report. This report is provided by AFTA at NO COST to help inform stakeholders about the facts and trends in the travel industry in Australia. We are committed to supporting the industry to prosper,” said Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive.

AFTA’s March Travel Trends show that Australians took 9.9 million trips over the past 12 months (yearend Jan 2017). This was another year that the travel industry saw upward growth (+4.2% vs. previous year). In the inbound market a record growth rate of 10.3% was reported with more than 8.3 million visitors travelling to Australia.

A highlight market is Japan, up 109.9% since 2013 with more than 361,000 Australians visiting last year.

In addition to the AFTA Travel Trends report, AFTA has created two industry fact sheets; one on the employment profile of the sector and the other on the overall characteristics of the Australian travel sector. These fact sheets provide detailed information on the types of travel agents, the states that have the highest rate of employment from travel agents and the key attributes employers are looking for in staff.

The fact sheets will be updated yearly and are based on the information provided by the industry through the ATAS process.

The AFTA Travel Trends report will be produced on a monthly basis and is available to industry through the AFTA website.  

“AFTA hopes that these reports and information sheets will assist the broad set of stakeholders interested in knowing more about the travel industry and the trends that are developing over the coming years. We look forward to feedback on these reports and fact sheets as we continue to bring the industry valuable information in support of travel agents,” said Westbury.

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