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3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, May 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/07/2008   
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MAY KEY FIGURES

May '08
Apr '08 to May '08
May '07 to May '08
'000
% change
% change

Short-term visitor arrivals
Trend
475.6
0.3
0.8
Seasonally adjusted
479.6
0.6
. .
Original
380.9
. .
. .
Short-term resident departures
Trend
489.0
0.8
9.2
Seasonally adjusted
496.4
2.5
. .
Original
488.5
. .
. .

. . not applicable

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

Resident departures, Short-term
Graph: Resident departures, Short-term




MAY KEY POINTS


SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS
  • Trend estimates: Short-term visitor arrivals to Australia during May 2008 (475,600 movements), increased 0.3% compared with April 2008 (474,200 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.4% for March 2008 and 0.5% for April 2008.
  • Currently, trend estimates for arrivals are 0.8% higher than in May 2007.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During May 2008, arrivals (479,600 movements) increased by 0.6% compared with April 2008 (477,000 movements). This followed a monthly decrease of 0.6% for March 2008 and a monthly increase of 1.7% for April 2008.
  • Original estimates: There were 380,900 arrivals to Australia in May 2008.


SHORT-TERM RESIDENT DEPARTURES
  • Trend estimates: Short-term resident departures from Australia during May 2008 (489,000 movements), increased 0.8% compared with April 2008 (485,400 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.7% each for March 2008 and April 2008.
  • Currently, trend estimates for departures are 9.2% higher than in May 2007.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates: During May 2008, departures (496,400 movements) increased by 2.5% compared with April 2008 (484,500 movements). This followed monthly increases of 2.7% for March 2008 and 0.2% for April 2008.
  • Original estimates: There were 488,500 departures from Australia during May 2008.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
June 2008 5 August 2008
July 2008 4 September 2008
August 2008 3 October 2008
September 2008 6 November 2008
October 2008 8 December 2008
November 2008 12 January 2009



EARLY ESTIMATES

As previously advised, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has ceased publication of Short-term Visitor Arrival Estimates, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0.55.001). May 2008 was the final issue of the publication and was released on 18 June 2008.


DATA NOTES

This publication contains movement data. This movement data should not be interpreted as 'persons'. See paragraph 5 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.

The statistics in this publication have been rounded to the nearest 100 for short-term movements and to the nearest 10 for permanent and long-term movements. As a result, sums of the components may not add exactly to totals. Analysis featured in the Key Points and Main Features of this publication is based on unrounded data. Calculations made on rounded data may differ to those published.


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

Due to reductions in the ABS work program, publication of the monthly Feature Article will cease until further notice.


INQUIRIES

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