1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Sep 2009  
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SHORT-TERM DEPARTURES BY AIR ON HOLIDAY

  • Of the 472,000 Western Australians residents holidaying abroad in 2008-09, almost 60% travelled to nearby South-East Asian countries. The top destinations were Indonesia (31%), Thailand (12%), Singapore and Malaysia (both over 7%). New Zealand was also a popular destination, taking over 6% of overseas departures.
  • In the June quarter 2009, over 128,000 Western Australians departed for an overseas holiday, 17% more than in the same quarter of the previous year. The most common destination was Indonesia, which saw a 45% increase in the number of tourists from Western Australia compared with the June quarter of the previous year. Resident departures for Malaysia more than doubled over the same period, probably reflecting the addition of a new low cost carrier.
  • By contrast, Thailand received almost 3,000 fewer visitors from Western Australia in the June quarter 2009 compared with the same quarter of the previous year (-18%). Numbers departing for Hong Kong were also significantly down (almost -30%).

2 Short-term resident departures(a), by air on holiday: original

2008/2009
Jun 08
Sep 08
Dec 08
Mar 09
Jun 09
Countries
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

RESIDENT DEPARTURES(b)

Indonesia
145 381
29 161
40 082
33 932
29 148
42 219
Thailand
55 098
16 317
17 842
13 956
9 945
13 355
Singapore
35 241
7 511
8 888
8 946
7 493
9 914
Malaysia
35 010
5 010
7 443
8 327
8 500
10 740
United Kingdom(c)
31 235
9 613
11 938
5 297
3 032
10 968
New Zealand
30 036
5 014
8 413
8 663
7 495
5 465
United States of America
18 754
5 473
6 182
4 941
2 071
5 560
Hong Kong(d)
12 280
3 399
3 758
3 753
2 146
2 623
Japan
6 557
1 197
785
1 458
3 090
1 224
South Africa
5 418
1 137
1 209
1 619
1 070
1 520
Europe(e)
30 543
11 668
13 371
4 923
2 061
10 188
Total(f)
472 601
109 970
138 398
116 083
89 392
128 728

(a) Comprises travellers whose intended stay is less than 12 months.
(b) Resident departures by air on holiday to main destination.
(c) Includes Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Ireland.
(d) Special Administrative Region of China.
(e) Excluding United Kingdom.
(f) Total includes countries not listed.
Source: ABS data available on request, Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, cat. no. 3401.0.



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