1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Dec 2009  
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SHORT-TERM RESIDENT DEPARTURES ON HOLIDAY


SHORT-TERM DEPARTURES(a), By air on holiday: Original

2008/2009
Dec 08
Mar 09
Jun 09
Sep 09
Dec 09
Countries
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

RESIDENT DEPARTURES(b)

Indonesia
145 381
33 932
29 148
42 219
62 048
64 668
Thailand
55 098
13 956
9 945
13 355
16 942
14 625
Singapore
35 241
8 946
7 493
9 914
11 245
10 581
Malaysia
35 010
8 327
8 500
10 740
10 701
11 847
United Kingdom(c)
31 235
5 297
3 032
10 968
11 774
7 484
New Zealand
30 036
8 663
7 495
5 465
9 919
8 252
United States of America
18 754
4 941
2 071
5 560
7 005
6 418
Hong Kong(d)
12 280
3 753
2 146
2 623
3 096
3 509
Japan
6 557
1 458
3 090
1 224
1 094
2 127
South Africa
5 418
1 619
1 070
1 520
1 445
1 823
Europe(e)
30 543
4 923
2 061
10 188
14 056
5 058
Total(f)
472 601
116 083
89 392
128 728
166 086
157 035

(a) Comprises travellers whose intended stay is less than 12 months.
(b) Resident departures by air on holiday to selected country of main destination.
(c) Includes Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Ireland.
(d) Special Administrative Region of China.
(e) Excluding United Kingdom.
(f) Total includes countries not listed.
Source: ABS data available on request, Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0).


  • Of the 472,600 Western Australian residents holidaying abroad in 2008-09, almost 60% travelled to nearby South-East Asian countries. The top destinations were Indonesia (31%), Thailand (12%), Singapore and Malaysia (both over 7%). New Zealand was also a popular destination, accounting for over 6% of holiday departures overseas.



  • In the December quarter 2009, 157,000 residents left Western Australia for overseas holidays, up by 35% on the same quarter of 2008.
  • The popular holiday destination of Indonesia received 91% more tourists from this state, in comparison with the December quarter of the previous year. Japan and Malaysia saw increases of 46% and 42% respectively. One likely contributor was the increased competition between airlines, and cheaper fares, to and from Perth.
  • Notable increases also occurred in resident departures to the United Kingdom (up 41%) and USA (up 30%) since December 2008.
  • Hong Kong and New Zealand saw a fall in Western Australian tourists, down 6.5% (3,100) and 5% (8,250) respectively on the same quarter of the previous year.

This link will take you to the Statistical Summary (Economic) which includes a broader range of overseas arrivals and departures data.

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