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June 21, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Outbound travel from Australia is looking healthy, with travel to the US and Britain doing well among the larger markets according to latest figures (for April 2018) from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The big increases are to Asian destinations and visitation to New Zealand appears to be declining.

Some 93,300 people returned from the US, seasonally adjusted figures show, 1% higher than April 2017 and indicating the destination is regaining its glow for Australians.

55,900 Aussies returned in the same month from visiting Britain, a very healthy 5.4% increase. New Zealand and Indonesia (predominantly Bali) held their dominance in overall numbers but visitation to New Zealand dipped. About 108,100 visitors returned from Indonesia, (which in seasonally adjusted terms is an increase of 6.4%) whereas totals to New Zealand fell by 3.3% to reach 118,000.

The problem for New Zealand is that the decline in Australian visitation seems to be accelerating over the first four months of this year. Visitation to New Zealand by Australians declined in January (-1%),  February (-2.5%) and March (-2.9%)  – and now -3.3% in April.

New Zealand is still the favourite destination for Australian travellers and remains about 9% above the second placeholder, Indonesia, in the latest stats.

When trend estimates for short-term resident returns for April 2017 and April 2018 were compared, the highest percentage increases were recorded for Japan (14.9%), followed by India (11.6%) and Vietnam (7.9%). The highest percentage decreases were recorded for New Zealand (-3.3%) and Singapore (-0.3%).

Currently, short-term resident returns are 3.3% higher than in April 2017.

Trend estimates: Short-term resident returns during April 2018 (910,500 movements) increased 0.8% when compared with March 2018 (903,500 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.7% for both February and March 2018. The current trend estimate for returns is 3.3% higher than in April 2017.

Seasonally adjusted estimates: During April 2018, short-term resident returns (923,400 movements) increased 1.3% when compared with March 2018 (911,200 movements). This followed a monthly decrease of 2.4% in February 2018 and a monthly increase of 4.2% in March 2018.

Original estimates: There were 929,000 short-term resident returns to Australia in April 2018.

 

Written by Peter Needham

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