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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2006  
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Contents >> Chapter 21 - Tourism >> International visitor arrivals

INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS

There were 5.2 million short-term international visitor arrivals in 2004, up 10% from 2003 (table 21.5). This is the highest number of arrivals ever recorded for a calendar year.

The level of arrivals to Australia increased by 1.9 million (55%) between 1994 and 2004. It is likely that the Asian economic crisis impacted on the decrease in arrivals in 1998. Between 2003 and 2004 the number of international visitors increased by 10%.

21.5 SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS
Visitors
Change(a)
'000
%

1994
3,361.6
12.2
1995
3,725.9
10.8
1996
4,164.9
11.8
1997
4,318.0
3.7
1998
4,167.3
-3.5
1999
4,459.6
7.0
2000
4,931.3
10.6
2001
4,855.8
-1.5
2002
4,841.2
-0.3
2003
4,745.8
-2.0
2004
5,215.0
9.9

(a) From previous year.

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


The top source countries for short-term international visitor arrivals to Australia during 2004 were New Zealand (over one million visitor arrivals), followed by Japan (710,300), the United Kingdom (676,200) and the United States of America (433,500) (table 21.6).


Between 2003 and 2004 the number of short-term international visitor arrivals from China increased by 43%; from New Zealand by 23%; and from Japan by 13%.

21.6 SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS, By major source countries
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
Change(a)
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
%

New Zealand
728.7
817.0
814.8
790.2
839.1
1,032.8
23.1
Japan
707.4
721.1
673.6
715.4
627.8
710.3
13.1
United Kingdom
528.4
580.5
617.3
642.7
673.0
676.2
0.5
United States of America
417.1
488.1
446.5
434.4
422.2
433.5
2.7
China (excl. SARs and Taiwan Prov.)
92.6
120.3
158.0
190.1
176.1
251.2
42.6
Singapore
267.0
285.6
296.1
286.9
253.4
251.1
-0.9
Korea
108.6
157.2
175.6
189.7
207.2
211.8
2.2
Malaysia
139.9
152.1
149.5
159.0
155.6
166.9
7.3
Germany
144.6
143.2
147.7
134.7
137.8
140.5
2.0
Hong Kong (SAR of China)
139.6
154.3
154.3
151.0
129.1
137.2
6.3

(a) From 2003 to 2004.

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


December accounted for the highest number of visitor arrivals (11.4% of total arrivals) in 2004, while May accounted for the lowest (6.5% of total arrivals) (table 21.7). These months also had the highest and lowest number of 'holiday' short-term international visitor arrivals, respectively. November had the highest number of 'business' visitor arrivals (67,600) while January had the lowest (36,800).


People whose main purpose for their trip was a holiday accounted for the highest number of short-term international visitor arrivals to Australia in 2004 (3,721,200).


21.7 SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS, By month and main purpose of trip - 2004
Business(a)
Holiday(b)
Employment
Education
Other and
not stated
Total
visitors
Proportion
of total
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
%

January
36.8
293.3
12.1
34.9
43.0
420.2
8.1
February
60.3
291.8
10.4
52.0
40.4
454.8
8.7
March
62.1
305.9
8.4
17.3
38.6
432.3
8.3
April
45.9
291.9
8.8
16.4
39.8
402.8
7.7
May
57.4
231.0
9.0
10.1
33.7
341.3
6.5
June
48.0
257.3
9.0
16.4
36.5
367.3
7.0
July
52.9
313.6
7.1
49.5
48.8
472.0
9.1
August
59.4
290.2
6.2
14.0
36.0
405.8
7.8
September
56.5
283.4
6.2
10.9
38.7
395.6
7.6
October
60.4
323.1
7.7
14.1
44.5
449.9
8.6
November
67.6
350.9
7.8
9.0
44.6
479.9
9.2
December
38.2
488.8
7.4
8.8
49.9
593.1
11.4
Total
645.5
3,721.2
100.1
253.4
494.5
5,215.0
100.0

(a) Includes visitors who attended a convention or conference.
(b) Includes visitors whose main purpose was visiting friends and relatives.


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


International visitor nights refers to the number of nights all visitors aged 15 years and over spent in Australia.

In 2004, New South Wales had the largest share of visitor nights with 36%, followed by Victoria (22%) and Queensland (21%) (table 21.8).

Holidays accounted for 39% of short-term international visitor nights in 2004; 19% were by people visiting friends and relatives; and 5.2% were for mainly business purposes.

21.8 SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL VISITOR NIGHTS(a), By state/territory and main purpose of trip - 2004

Business
Visiting
friends/
relatives
Holiday
All other
reasons
Total
Proportion
of total
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
%

New South Wales
3,085
9,468
16,860
17,897
47,309
36.1
Victoria
1,506
5,540
7,197
14,437
28,680
21.9
Queensland
1,168
4,636
16,457
5,635
27,896
21.3
South Australia
266
1,169
1,895
2,564
5,895
4.5
Western Australia
573
3,569
5,742
4,656
14,540
11.1
Tasmania
45
484
654
879
2,061
1.6
Northern Territory
103
277
2,107
281
2,767
2.1
Australian Capital Territory
120
160
355
1,140
1,774
1.4
Australia(b)
6,869
25,303
51,266
47,502
130,940
100.0

(a) All visitors aged 15 years and over. Includes backpackers.
(b) Total nights are less than visitor nights in Australia because nights spent in transit are excluded.

Source: Tourism Research Australia, 'International Visitors in Australia', December quarter 2004.


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