3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, May 2018 Quality Declaration 
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SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS

In trend terms, short-term visitor arrivals to Australia during May 2018 (763,700 movements) increased 0.3% when compared with April 2018 (761,600 movements). Currently, short-term visitor arrivals are 3.7% higher than in May 2017.

SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS, Australia
Graph: Short-term Visitor Arrivals, Australia


The following table presents the top ten source countries (based on original estimates) for short-term visitor arrivals during May 2018. When trend estimates for short-term visitor arrivals for May 2017 and May 2018 were compared, the highest percentage increases were recorded for India (20.9%), followed by Hong Kong (7.6%) and China (6.9%). The highest percentage decreases were recorded for Malaysia (-13.0%), the United States of America (-4.5%) and Singapore (-4.4%).


Short-term Visitor Arrivals, Australia - May 2018

Trend
Seasonally Adjusted
Original
Apr '18 to May '18
May '17 to May '18
Country of Residence(a)
'000
'000
'000
Trend % change
Trend % change

New Zealand
113.6
113.7
107.5
0.1
1.3
China
122.7
125.6
89.5
1.7
6.9
United States of America
63.8
62.3
48.3
-2.0
-4.5
India
29.6
30.0
38.1
1.4
20.9
Singapore
36.0
36.5
37.0
0.3
-4.4
Malaysia
30.0
28.6
32.5
-0.9
-13.0
United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man
61.9
61.9
31.4
-0.8
2.9
Japan
38.3
38.2
25.9
0.5
6.1
Korea, South
24.1
24.3
20.2
0.2
-0.2
Hong Kong
25.3
25.5
18.8
1.0
7.6

(a) Top 10 source countries based on original estimates.


SHORT-TERM RESIDENT RETURNS

In trend terms, short-term resident returns to Australia during May 2018 (929,500 movements) increased 1.1% when compared with April 2018 (919,800 movements). Currently, short-term resident returns are 5.5% higher than in May 2017.

SHORT-TERM RESIDENT RETURNS, Australia
Graph: Short-term Resident returns, Australia


The following table presents the top ten destination countries (based on original estimates) for short-term resident returns in May 2018. When trend estimates for short-term resident returns for May 2017 and May 2018 were compared, the highest percentage increases were recorded for Japan (20.9%), followed by China (16.3%) and Indonesia (11.0%). The highest percentage decreases were recorded for Thailand (-3.2%), New Zealand (-2.3%) and Fiji (-0.4%).


Short-term Resident Returns, Australia - May 2018

Trend
Seasonally Adjusted
Original
Apr '18 to May '18
May '17 to May '18
Country of Stay(a)
'000
'000
'000
Trend % change
Trend % change

Indonesia
111.1
111.4
107.1
2.9
11.0
United States of America
93.5
95.0
95.8
1.1
3.6
New Zealand
118.5
119.9
89.9
0.2
-2.3
China
51.8
56.0
59.0
3.1
16.3
United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man
55.7
55.0
44.7
0.4
6.3
Thailand
47.1
46.4
42.8
-1.0
-3.2
Japan
39.8
41.4
37.5
2.0
20.9
Singapore
35.3
36.6
32.8
2.0
7.9
Fiji
28.7
29.1
28.3
0.8
-0.4
India
32.7
31.8
22.1
0.6
10.9

(a) Top 10 destination countries based on original estimates.

STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE

The above statistics are based on a sample and are subject to sampling error. Care should be taken when interpreting the impact of numeric and/or percentage change. See paragraphs 10 and 11 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.