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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2008  
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INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS

There were 5.5 million short-term international visitor arrivals in 2006, equal to the number of such arrivals in 2005 (graph 23.6).

External events such as terrorism and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome scare coincided with the decrease in arrivals between 2001 and 2003.

23.6 Short-term movements(a), international visitor arrivals
Graph: 23.6 Short-term movements(a), international visitor arrivals

The major source countries for short-term international visitor arrivals to Australia during 2006 were New Zealand (1,075,800 visitor arrivals), followed by the United Kingdom (734,200), Japan (651,000) and the United States of America (456,100) (table 23.7).

Between 2005 and 2006 the number of short-term international visitor arrivals from Japan fell by 34,300, while visitor arrivals from New Zealand fell by 23,100. Visitor arrivals from the United Kingdom rose by 25,400, from China by 23,500 and from the United States of America by 9,800.

23.7 SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS, By major source countries

2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
’000
’000
’000
'000
'000

New Zealand
790.2
839.1
1 032.7
1 098.9
1 075.8
United Kingdom
642.7
673.0
676.2
708.8
734.2
Japan
715.4
627.8
710.4
685.3
651.0
United States of America
434.4
422.2
433.3
446.3
456.1
China (excl. SARs and Taiwan Prov.)
190.1
176.1
251.3
285.0
308.5
Korea
189.7
207.2
211.9
250.6
260.8
Singapore
286.9
253.4
251.2
266.1
253.4
Hong Kong (SAR of China)
151.0
129.1
137.2
159.5
154.8
Malaysia
159.0
155.6
166.8
166.0
150.3
Germany
134.7
137.8
140.6
146.5
148.2

Source: Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (3401.0).


In 2006 people whose main purpose for their trip was a holiday accounted for the highest share (52%) and employment accounted for the lowest share (2.8%) of short-term international visitor arrivals to Australia (graph 23.8).

23.8 International visitor arrivals, by main purpose of trip - 2006
Graph: 23.8 International visitor arrivals, by main purpose of trip—2006

December recorded the highest number of visitor arrivals (11.6% of total arrivals) in 2006, while May recorded the lowest (6.2%) (graph 23.9).

23.9 International visitor arrivals, by month of visit - 2006
Graph: 23.9 International visitor arrivals, by month of visit—2006

International visitor nights refers to the number of nights all international visitors aged 15 years and over spent in Australia. In 2006, international visitors in Australia spent the most nights in New South Wales (57.3 million or 37%), followed by Queensland (34.5 million or 22%) and Victoria (31.2 million or 20%) (graph 23.10).

23.10 Short-term international visitor nights(a)(b) - 2006
Graph: 23.10 Short-term international visitor nights(a)(b)—2006


Of all international visitors in 2006, nights spent in Australia by those who travelled for holiday purposes accounted for 38% of short-term international visitor nights; 29% were for educational purposes; 17% of nights were to visit friends and relatives; and 7% were for business purposes (graph 23.11).

23.11 Short-term international visitor nights(a)(b), by main purpose of trip - 2006
Graph: 23.11 Short-term international visitor nights(a)(b), ^by main purpose of trip—2006





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