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INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS
The top source countries for short-term international visitor arrivals to Australia during 2005 were New Zealand (1,098,700 visitor arrivals), followed by United Kingdom (708,300), Japan (685,500) and the United States of America (446,200) (table 21.6).
Between 2004 and 2005 the number of short-term international visitor arrivals from New Zealand increased by 66,000; from Korea by 38,500; from China by 33,700; and from the United Kingdom by 32,100. Arrivals from Japan and Malaysia decreased by 24,900 and 900 respectively.
In 2005 people whose main purpose for their trip was a holiday accounted for the highest share (57%) and employment accounted for the lowest share (2%) of short-term international visitor arrivals to Australia (graph 21.7).
December accounted for the highest number of visitor arrivals (10.9% of total arrivals) in 2005, while May accounted for the lowest (6.4%) (graph 21.8).
International visitor nights refers to the number of nights all international visitors aged 15 years and over spent in Australia.
In 2005, international visitors in Australia spent the most nights in New South Wales (48.7 million or 36.1%), followed by Queensland (30.0 million or 22.3%) and Victoria (20.1 million or 20.1%) (graph 21.9).
Of all international visitors in 2005, nights spent in Australia by those who travelled for holiday purposes accounted for 39% of short-term international visitor nights; 18% of nights were to visit friends and relatives; and 7% were for business purposes (graph 21.10).