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Big jump in Aussie visits to Japan, India and USA

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The US is a clear winner over Britain in terms of travel by Australians, according to latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), covering the vital pre-Christmas-holiday month of November.

Japan and India are doing better in terms of tourism growth from Australia than Thailand or Britain, the statistics indicate.

The ABS figures show 93,300 Australians, in seasonally adjusted terms, headed to the USA in November 2016, while 47,200 headed to the UK.

The following table from the ABS presents the top 10 destination countries (based on original estimates) for short-term resident departures in November 2016. New Zealand is still the most popular destination for Australian short-term visitors, by far.

When trend estimates for short-term resident departures for November 2015 and November 2016 were compared, the highest percentage increase was recorded for Japan (12.3%), followed by India (8.3%), and the USA (7.6%).

The highest percentage decreases were recorded for Britain (minus 9.9%) and Thailand (minus 7.3%).

Short-term Resident Departures, Australia – November 2016
Trend Seasonally Adjusted Original Oct ’16 to Nov ’16 Nov ’15 to Nov ’16
Country of Stay(a) ‘000 ‘000 ‘000 Trend % change Trend % change
New Zealand 112.0 109.6 103.5 -0.2 3.4
Indonesia 99.9 100.6 90.5 -1.4 3.2
United States of America 92.5 93.3 77.8 1.2 7.6
India 26.9 25.6 41.4 0.1 8.3
Thailand 41.9 42.4 40.4 -1.5 -7.3
China 38.5 38.3 35.7 1.0 6.8
Singapore 31.9 31.4 33.8 -0.2 4.2
UK, CIs & IOM(b) 47.1 47.2 28.0 -0.3 -9.9
Fiji 30.0 29.7 27.9 1.1 0.3
Japan 32.1 32.7 27.3 1.8 12.3
(a) Top 10 destination countries based on original estimates.
(b) United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

In trend terms, short-term resident departures from Australia during November 2016 (826,000 movements) decreased 0.3% when compared with October 2016 (828,400 movements). Currently, short-term resident departures are 2.4% higher than in November 2015.

Edited by Peter Needham

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