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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has reported strong travel figures both inbound and outbound, with Japan, China and Thailand the fastest growing destinations for Australian visitors, and falls registered in travel to the US and to Indonesia (predominantly Bali).

Outbound trips by Australians in the month of November 2017 were 4.7% higher than the previous year. When trend estimates for short-term resident returns for November 2016 and November 2017 were compared, the highest percentage increases were recorded for Japan (14.5%), followed by India (13.1%), and China (11.5%). Thailand saw an 11.3% increase, also very healthy.

The highest percentage decreases were recorded for Indonesia (-5.8%), Fiji (-5.1%) and the US (-4.8%). Most trips from Australia to Indonesia are to Bali and the eruption of Mt Agung disrupted the market in November. The US dip may have been partly due to the relentless Trump effect felt throughout 2017. The Fiji decline is harder to pinpoint.

It’s worth noting that visits to Australia’s most popular destination (New Zealand) are running 25% higher than visits to Australia’s second-most popular destination (Indonesia). So New Zealand is still very much the top outbound destination.

The top 10 destination countries for the month (in descending order with number estimates) were: New Zealand (114,700), Indonesia (86,800), US (81,200), Thailand (49,900), China (47,200), Singapore (36,500), Britain (34,400), Japan (29,200), India (28,300), Fiji (26,900).http://www.itcmchina.com/

Short-term visitor arrivals during November 2017 (759,100 movements) increased 0.4% compared with October 2017 (755,900 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.5% in September 2017 and 0.4% in October 2017. The current trend estimate for arrivals is 7.2% higher than in November 2016. 

Seasonally adjusted estimates: During November 2017, short-term visitor arrivals (760,300 movements) increased 0.4% compared with October 2017 (757,400 movements). This followed a monthly decrease of 2.3% in September 2017 and a monthly increase of 1.8% in October 2017.

Original estimates: There were 776,900 short-term visitor arrivals to Australia in November 2017.

SHORT-TERM RESIDENT RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA (REFLECTING OUBOUND TRAVEL)

Trend estimates: Short-term resident returns during November 2017 (889,500 movements) increased 0.3% compared with October 2017 (887,000 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.2% in both September 2017 and October 2017. The current trend estimate for returns is 4.7% higher than in November 2016.

Seasonally adjusted estimates: During November 2017, short-term resident returns (892,000 movements) increased 0.4% compared with October 2017 (888,500 movements). This followed a monthly increase of 1.4% in September 2017 and a monthly decrease of 0.3% in October 2017.

Original estimates: There were 772,900 short-term resident returns to Australia in November 2017.

Written by Peter Needham

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