1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Sep 2008  
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Tourism TOURISM

SHORT-TERM OVERSEAS HOLIDAY ARRIVALS

In the June quarter 2008, a total of 45,070 overseas visitors travelled to Western Australia on holiday, 10.5% (down 5,272) less than in the same period of 2007. The decline was attributable to the fall in holiday makers from Asian countries of Singapore (down 3,592 or 26.2%), Japan (down 1,712 or 37.9%), Malaysia (down 1,672 or 28.8%) and Hong Kong (down 564 or 43.4%). In comparison, there were holiday makers coming from Europe (up 694 or 15.0%)(excluding United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Ireland); also from United States of America (up 619 or 73.8%) and Thailand (up 409 or 36.6%).


SHORT-TERM OVERSEAS HOLIDAY DEPARTURES

In the June quarter 2008, a total of 109,970 Western Australians went overseas on holiday, 13.0% (12,690) more than in the previous year. The major destinations were Indonesia (up 9,394 or 47.5%), Thailand (up 2,848 or 21.1%) and Europe (up 2,068 or 21.5%) (excluding United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Ireland). However, there were fewer Western Australians travelling to Singapore (down 1,812 or 19.4%), United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Ireland (down 1,775 or 15.6%) and Malaysia (down 1,112 or 18.2%).