Travel abroad loses lus­tre

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE Aussie ob­ses­sion with over­seas travel may be start­ing to wear off, with new sta­tis­tics show­ing fewer res­i­dents trav­elled abroad in April.

The Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics’ data re­vealed 762,000 short- term de­par­tures were recorded in the month, com­pared with 807,500 in April 2014.

De­spite the de­crease, des­ti­na­tions such as New Zealand, Ja­pan and Pa­pua New Guinea still re­ceived more Aus­tralian visi­tors than a year ago.

How­ever, visi­tors to the US, In­done­sia, China and Thai­land de­clined com­pared with the same month last year.

The data comes on the back of yesterday’s Na­tional Visi­tor Sur­vey by Tourism Re­search Aus­tralia that re­vealed more Aus­tralians were hol­i­day­ing at home.

The weaker cur­rency was cited as con­tribut­ing to the rise in do­mes­tic travel and a TRA spokesman pre­dicted over­seas hol­i­days would fall in re­sponse.

Head­ing in the other di­rec­tion, in­ter­na­tional visi­tors con­tin­ued to flock to Aus­tralia in ris­ing num­bers, swarm­ing through Cus­toms at a rate of more than 18,000 a day. Ki­wis, Chi­nese and Amer­i­cans led the stam­pede.

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