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3401.0.55.001 - Short-term Visitor Arrival Estimates, Australia, Sep 2006  
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
October 2006 16 November 2006
November 2006 18 December 2006
December 2006 17 January 2007
January 2007 16 February 2007
February 2007 16 March 2007
March 2007 19 April 2007



DATA NOTES

The estimates presented in this publication provide an early indication of short-term visitor arrival movements prior to final data becoming available for the reference month. Monthly data prior to the reference month are final estimates. The ABS encourages users of these data to refer to the ABS monthly publication, Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0) for final ABS estimates of short-term visitor arrivals for the reference period. Final estimates for September 2006 will be released on 6 November 2006.


This publication contains movement data. Care should be taken when interpreting this movement data as 'people'. See Explanatory Note 6.


Calculations of percentage and numeric change as shown in the Main Features of this publication are based on unrounded data. See Explanatory Note 10.


Original estimates are influenced by seasonal and one-off or irregular factors which may distort interpretations of the underlying growth in the series. Therefore, the ABS encourages the use of the trend estimates for time series analysis. See the Demography Working Paper 2004/2 - Interpretation and Use of Overseas Arrivals and Departures Estimates (cat. no. 3106.0.55.002).


Trend and seasonally adjusted estimates are subject to revision, particularly at the current end of the series, due to additional original information becoming available. See Explanatory Notes 14 to 17.



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.



INQUIRIES

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MAIN FEATURES


TREND ESTIMATES

The trend estimate for short-term visitor arrivals to Australia for September 2006 (453,700 movements) increased by 0.3% compared with August 2006 (452,600 movements). This followed a monthly decrease of 0.2% for July 2006 and a minimal increase for August 2006.


Currently, short-term visitor arrivals are 0.7% lower than in September 2005.



SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES

The seasonally adjusted estimate for short-term visitor arrivals to Australia for September 2006 (464,500 movements) increased by 4.0% compared with August 2006 (446,800 movements). This followed monthly decreases of 2.3% for July 2006 and 0.5% for August 2006.

Visitor arrivals, Short-term
Graph: Visitor arrivals Short-term




ORIGINAL ESTIMATES

In original movement terms there were an estimated 428,400 short-term visitor arrivals to Australia during September 2006.

TABLE 1: SHORT-TERM MOVEMENT, VISITOR ARRIVALS(a) - September 2006

Sep 06
Aug 06 to Sep 06
Sep 05 to Sep 06
'000
% change
% change

Trend
453.7
0.3
-0.7
Seasonally adjusted
464.5
4.0
. .
Original
428.4
. .
. .

. . not applicable
(a) Trend and seasonally adjusted estimates may be revised each month. See Explanatory Notes 14 to 17.

TABLE 2: SHORT-TERM MOVEMENT(a), VISITOR ARRIVALS - Country of Residence(b)

Trend
Seasonally Adjusted
Original



Aug 06
Sep 06
Aug 06 to Sep 06
Sep 05 to Sep 06
Aug 06
Sep 06
Aug 06 to Sep 06
Sep 06
Country of residence
'000
'000
% change
% change
'000
'000
% change
'000

OCEANIA & ANTARCTICA
New Zealand
87.0
86.3
-0.8
-4.4
82.2
89.1
8.3
113.0
Total
98.4
97.7
-0.7
-3.2
92.6
101.4
9.5
125.3
NORTH-WEST EUROPE
Germany
12.3
12.2
-1.0
-2.3
12.7
12.3
-3.1
12.1
Netherlands
4.2
4.2
-
1.2
4.2
4.2
0.2
4.0
Sweden
2.8
2.8
-2.4
-8.3
2.7
2.8
5.2
2.2
Switzerland
3.4
3.3
-2.3
-2.4
3.4
3.3
-2.6
3.9
United Kingdom
56.3
56.0
-0.7
-4.0
56.0
57.7
3.1
41.4
Total
96.3
95.7
-0.6
-3.0
96.3
97.6
1.3
78.6
SOUTHERN & EASTERN EUROPE
Italy
4.5
4.6
2.5
8.7
4.1
5.0
23.2
4.7
Total
10.6
10.8
1.9
8.0
9.9
11.7
17.8
10.9
NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Total
6.1
5.9
-1.9
-1.8
5.7
5.8
2.1
4.6
SOUTH-EAST ASIA
Indonesia
6.7
6.8
1.3
-0.5
6.9
7.1
2.9
5.8
Malaysia
11.8
11.6
-1.2
-14.8
13.1
9.6
-27.3
10.5
Philippines
3.2
3.2
1.2
14.0
3.2
3.4
7.9
3.2
Singapore
22.0
22.5
2.2
-0.5
22.8
22.6
-1.0
16.7
Thailand
6.0
6.1
0.7
-5.1
5.9
6.1
2.6
4.8
Total
52.6
53.2
1.0
-2.9
54.7
51.8
-5.4
43.4
NORTH-EAST ASIA
China
26.2
26.5
1.3
13.2
27.0
27.1
0.5
21.6
Japan
52.6
53.5
1.6
-7.2
53.3
54.4
2.1
52.1
Korea
22.4
22.9
2.4
12.9
22.1
24.2
9.3
19.4
Taiwan
7.3
7.4
1.1
-21.2
7.4
7.4
-0.4
6.5
Total
121.7
123.4
1.4
-0.9
122.7
126.4
3.0
110.3
AMERICAS
Canada
9.4
9.3
-0.6
11.5
9.1
9.5
4.8
6.7
United States of America
38.1
38.2
0.1
3.8
36.6
40.5
10.5
30.1
Total
51.3
51.3
-
6.5
49.5
53.9
9.0
40.2
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
South Africa
4.6
4.6
-0.2
4.7
4.3
4.8
10.6
4.8
Total
6.2
6.2
0.2
4.6
5.9
6.4
8.7
6.2
Total(c)
452.6
453.7
0.3
-0.7
446.8
464.5
4.0
428.4

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) This table presents a summary of the most recent overseas arrivals and departures estimates. Time series data for months earlier than those presented in this table are available as time series spreadsheets from the ABS web site.
(b) Data for the current month are statistically modelled on passport movements and past arrival trends from passenger cards. Monthly data prior to the current month are estimates based on passenger card data.
(c) Includes Southern and Central Asia and not stated/inadequately described.


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