Ar­rivals con­tinue growth

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SHORT-TERM vis­i­tor ar­rivals to Aus­tralia con­tin­ued their long run of growth in Jul, in­creas­ing 7.1% over the same month last year on a trend es­ti­mate.

Fig­ures re­leased yes­ter­day by the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics (ABS) show 745,400 vis­i­tor move­ments dur­ing the month, an in­crease of 0.6% over Jun.

The in­crease fol­lows growth of 0.8% in May and 0.7% in Jun, and con­tin­ues the steep up­ward trend re­ported by the ABS over re­cent years, with ar­rivals up by 100,000 per month since Nov 2015.

Travel among Aus­tralian res­i­dents grew at a sim­i­lar rate, with short-term re­turns dur­ing Jul up 6.5% over the same month last year on a trend ba­sis.

Just over 884,000 Aus­tralian res­i­dents came home in Jul, an in­crease of 0.1% over Jun.

This fol­lowed a monthly in­crease of 0.2% in May and a flat re­sult recorded in Jun.

Tourism Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor John O’Sul­li­van said the lat­est ABS fig­ures con­firmed the strong per­for­mance of in­bound tourism to Aus­tralia, with mar­kets across Asia con­tin­u­ing to pro­duce solid in­creases in vis­i­ta­tion.

“Along­side our key mar­kets in Asia we are also see­ing phe­nom­e­nal re­sults out of the USA, which as the Jul fig­ures show is out­pac­ing over­all growth to Aus­tralia and con­tin­ues to present such a huge op­por­tu­nity for our in­dus­try,” O’Sul­li­van said.

“For the re­main­der of 2017 our fo­cus will be work­ing with our part­ners across the globe to con­tinue to de­liver ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­dus­try so we can con­vert the de­mand for Aus­tralia to ac­tual vis­its.”

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