SHORT-TERM OVERSEAS HOLIDAY ARRIVALS
A total of 65,051 overseas visitors arrived in Western Australia for holiday in the March quarter 2008, 1,900 (3.0%) more compared to the March quarter of 2007. Holiday travel, through the year to March quarter 2008, rose from residents of Malaysia (up 877 or 19.9%), New Zealand (up 672 or 34.3%) and Indonesia (up 593 or 45.8%). In contrast, there were less holiday makers coming from Japan (down 1,514 or 26.2%), United Kingdom and Ireland (down 901 or 4.0%) and Thailand (down 308 or 36.8%).
SHORT-TERM OVERSEAS HOLIDAY DEPARTURES
In the March quarter 2008, a total of 82,825 Western Australians travelled overseas for a holiday, 17,611 (27.0%) more compared to the same quarter of 2007. Overseas destinations that received the largest increases in Western Australian travellers were Indonesia (up 10,090 or 75.2%), Thailand (up 1,981 or 21.2%), Hong Kong (up 1,266 or 69.2%) and New Zealand (up 1,191 or 17.1%). However, there were less Western Australian holiday seekers travelling to Europe (excluding United Kingdom and Ireland) (down 396 or 14.7%), South Africa (down 50 or 5.5%) and United Kingdom and Ireland (down 43 persons or 1.3%) over the same period.