Overseas arrivals boost
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.