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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012  
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SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS

Short-term international visitor arrivals refer to visitors staying less than one year in Australia. There were 5.9 million such arrivals in 2010, representing an increase of 5% since 2009. The increase follows small decreases in international arrivals in 2008 and 2009 (graph 23.6), which coincided with the Global Financial Crisis. Other external events such as fear of terrorism and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) scare coincided with the decrease in arrivals between 2001 and 2003.

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



Major source countries for short-term international visitor arrivals to Australia during 2010 were New Zealand (1,161,800 visitor arrivals), the United Kingdom (646,700), United States of America (472,200) and China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) (453,800) (table 23.7).

Between 2009 and 2010, the largest increase in the number of short-term international visitor arrivals was from China, with an increase of 87,400 or 24%. The largest decrease in visitor arrivals was from the United Kingdom, which fell by 17,000 or 2.6%.


23.7 SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS, By major source countries
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000

New Zealand
1 075.7
1 138.0
1 113.4
1 110.3
1 161.8
United Kingdom
734.2
688.9
672.0
663.7
646.7
United States of America
456.0
459.7
454.5
479.8
472.2
China (excludes SARs and Taiwan)
308.5
357.4
356.5
366.4
453.8
Japan
650.9
572.9
457.3
355.3
398.1
Singapore
253.3
263.8
270.8
285.4
308.0
Malaysia
150.3
159.5
171.1
211.5
236.9
Korea, Republic of (South)
260.9
253.2
218.3
181.0
214.0
Hong Kong (SAR of China)
154.6
146.9
143.9
157.0
163.9
Germany
148.3
151.5
160.7
161.6
160.1

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


In 2010, people whose main purpose for their trip was a holiday accounted for the highest share (46%) and those coming for employment accounted for the lowest share (3%) of short-term international visitor arrivals to Australia (graph 23.8).


Graph: 23.8 International Visitor Arrivals, By main purpose of trip - 2010



December recorded the highest number of visitor arrivals (12% of total arrivals) in 2010, while May recorded the lowest (6%) (graph 23.9).

Graph: 23.9 International visitor arrivals, By month of visit - 2010



International visitor nights refers to the number of nights all international visitors aged 15 years and over spent in Australia. In 2010, international visitors in Australia spent the most nights in New South Wales (65 million or 35%), followed by Victoria (41 million or 22%) and Queensland (40 million or 21%) (graph 23.10).


Graph: 23.10 Short-term international visitor nights(a)(b) - 2010



Of all international visitors in 2010, nights spent in Australia by those who travelled for holiday purposes accounted for 33% of short-term international visitor nights, 32% were for educational purposes, 19% of nights were to visit friends and relatives and 6% were for business purposes (graph 23.11).


Graph: 23.11 Short-term international visitor nights(a)(b), By main purpose of trip - 2010

 

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