Despite currency fluctuations and other variables, outbound travel from Australia is looking healthy according to latest figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
In trend terms, short-term resident departures from Australia during November 2015 (799,800 movements) increased 0.5% when compared with October 2015 (795,600 movements). Currently, short-term resident departures are 4.9% higher than in November 2014.
Britain has done very well in the latest outbound figures and is tipped to do well this year. Bath is popular with tourists all year round. An entertainer is performing in front of Bath Abbey; the Roman Baths are to the right.
As always, some destinations did better than others. When trend estimates for short-term resident departures for November 2014 and November 2015 were compared, the highest percentage increase was recorded for the United Kingdom (14.3%), followed by New Zealand (6.8%).
Britain’s performance, in topping 14%, was spectacular. The country is expected to do well this year too, with all sorts of attractions set to roll. Windsor Castle will celebrate the life and works of Shakespeare in 2016 with an exhibition of his longstanding association with the town of Windsor and the royal court. Shakespeare in the Royal Library will show how generations of monarchs since Elizabeth I have enjoyed the work of Britain’s greatest playwright.
Back to the November ABS outbound figures, the highest percentage decrease was recorded for India (0.1%) – but that’s really just a marginal fluctuation.
The most popular destinations for short-term outbound travellers from Australia in November 2014, measured in visitation numbers, were, in descending order: New Zealand, Indonesia (always predominantly Bali), the USA, Thailand, China, India, Singapore, Fiji, Britain and Hong Kong.
Other notable increases when trend estimates for short-term resident departures for November 2014 and November 2015 are compared were: China 6.2%, Fiji 4.2% and Thailand 4.1%.
Written by Peter Needham