Asian visi­ta­tion jumps

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JA­PAN, In­dia and Viet­nam have all ex­pe­ri­enced dou­ble digit growth in pop­u­lar­ity from Aussie trav­ellers in Mar 2018, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by the Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Statis­tics (ABS).

Ja­pan fared the best, scor­ing a 14% bump on the same pe­riod 12 months ear­lier, de­liv­er­ing 35,400 Aussie short-term vis­its.

In­dia and Viet­nam fol­lowed closely be­hind, with both ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an 11% in­crease to 35,800 and 28,700 vis­its re­spec­tively.

While the In­done­sian mar­ket re­mained steady, it too posted some big num­bers.

“In­done­sia has long been a favourite des­ti­na­tion for Aus­tralians, and more than 90,000 of us re­turned from short term trips to In­done­sia in Mar,” said ABS di­rec­tor of mi­gra­tion statis­tics Myles Burleigh.

Other mar­ket im­provers for Mar 2018 in­cluded China (up 5%) and the United King­dom (up 3%).

New Zealand re­tained its po­si­tion as the most pop­u­lar short-term out­bound des­ti­na­tion, post­ing 130,200 vis­i­tors.

Sin­ga­pore per­formed the most poorly for the month, drop­ping by 6% on the Mar 2017 num­bers, notch­ing 34,200 Aussie vis­i­tors.

Over­all short-term res­i­dent re­turns for Mar grew 1.7% on the pre­vi­ous cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod.

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