Over­seas ar­rivals boost

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OVER­SEAS vis­i­tor ar­rivals to Aus­tralia in­creased by 3.1% for the month of Oct when com­pared to the pre­vi­ous cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod, notch­ing 800,800 trips, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­port from the Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics.

The largest sin­gle source mar­ket was China, ac­count­ing for 126,100 trips for the month, closely fol­lowed by New Zealand with 118,300 and United States in third spot record­ing 67,600 ar­rivals.

But not all mar­kets saw gains in Oct, with dips noted across the United King­dom (-2.1%) and South Korea, which was down 3.2 per­cent­age points.

The same re­port also showed that Aus­tralian res­i­dent re­turns from over­seas in­creased by 0.5% on the cor­re­spond­ing month last year, record­ing 957,700 trips.

New Zealand led the way as the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for Aussies, clock­ing up 125,900 trips, fol­lowed by In­done­sia with 121,500, and the United States with 87,900.

The big­gest out­bound surge was for Ja­pan which saw a whop­ping 18.2% in­crease for the month com­pared with Oct 2018, and In­done­sia also per­formed strongly with an 11.7% jump.

Aus­tralian Tourism In­dus­try Coun­cil Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Si­mon West­away wel­comed the fig­ures, but cau­tioned that the time was right for the Govt to “es­tab­lish the fi­nal strategic pil­lars” of the long-term na­tional tourism plan.

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