3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Mar 2017 Quality Declaration 
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SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS

In trend terms, short-term visitor arrivals to Australia during March 2017 (712,800 movements) increased 0.1% when compared with February 2017 (712,200 movements). Currently, short-term visitor arrivals are 6.5% higher than in March 2016.

SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS, Australia
Short-Term Visitor Arrivals, Australia

The following table presents the top ten source countries (based on original estimates) for short-term visitor arrivals during March 2017. When trend estimates for short-term visitor arrivals for March 2016 and March 2017 were compared, the highest percentage increase was recorded for India (11.6%), followed by Germany (10.0%) and Japan (9.5%). The only percentage decrease was recorded for Singapore (-2.2%).



Short-term Visitor Arrivals, Australia - March 2017

Trend
Seasonally Adjusted
Original
Feb '17 to Mar '17
Mar '16 to Mar '17
Country of Residence(a)
'000
'000
'000
Trend % change
Trend % change

China
106.2
106.5
110.4
-0.0
7.9
New Zealand
113.6
114.5
108.7
-0.1
4.0
UK, CIs & IOM(b)
61.7
59.1
79.0
0.5
4.9
United States of America
61.7
62.7
76.7
0.5
8.0
Japan
37.1
38.2
50.4
1.0
9.5
Singapore
36.2
37.3
36.6
0.3
-2.2
Malaysia
32.1
33.3
34.7
0.0
3.6
India
23.0
22.2
24.1
0.2
11.6
Korea, South
23.8
23.3
24.0
-1.2
1.7
Germany
18.1
18.4
21.1
0.5
10.0

(a) Top 10 source countries based on original estimates.
(b) United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

'What if'....? Future scenarios

The most recent trend estimates for short-term visitor arrivals are likely to be revised when the next month's seasonally adjusted estimates become available. To assist in analysing these movement trends, the approximate effects of two possible scenarios on the previous trend estimate of short-term visitor arrivals are presented:
      1 The April 2017 seasonally adjusted estimate of visitor arrivals is 2.2% higher than March 2017.
      2 The April 2017 seasonally adjusted estimate of visitor arrivals is 2.2% lower than March 2017.

WHAT IF...? REVISIONS TO STVA TREND ESTIMATES, Australia
What If ...? Revisions to STVA Trend Estimates, Australia


The figure of 2.2% for visitor arrivals represents the average absolute monthly percentage change for visitor arrivals over the last ten years. For further information on the effect of new seasonally adjusted estimates on short-term visitor arrival trend estimates, see paragraph 30 of the Explanatory Notes.


SHORT-TERM RESIDENT DEPARTURES

In trend terms, short-term resident departures from Australia during March 2017 (823,200 movements) decreased 0.3% when compared with February 2017 (826,000 movements). Currently, short-term resident departures are 1.0% higher than in March 2016.

SHORT-TERM RESIDENT DEPARTURES, Australia
Short-Term Resident Departures, Australia

The following table presents the top ten destination countries (based on original estimates) for short-term resident departures in March 2017. When trend estimates for short-term resident departures for March 2016 and March 2017 were compared, the highest percentage increase was recorded for Singapore (13.0%), followed by Japan (6.7%), and Vietnam (5.8%).The highest percentage decreases were recorded for Indonesia (-10.6%), followed by Thailand (-3.1%) and the United States of America (-1.5%).


Short-term Resident Departures, Australia - March 2017

Trend
Seasonally Adjusted
Original
Feb '17 to Mar '17
Mar '16 to Mar '17
Country of Stay(a)
'000
'000
'000
Trend % change
Trend % change

New Zealand
112.8
112.9
116.7
0.1
4.6
Indonesia
95.1
93.6
81.7
-0.8
-10.6
United States of America
85.9
84.6
72.8
-0.8
-1.5
China
38.5
38.9
44.2
-0.9
3.2
Thailand
43.2
43.5
40.3
0.6
-3.1
Japan
31.8
31.3
34.8
0.2
6.7
UK, CIs & IOM(b)
51.8
49.4
33.9
0.2
5.3
Singapore
34.4
32.8
31.3
0.7
13.0
India
26.8
26.5
24.5
-0.7
2.6
Vietnam
21.2
20.9
21.6
1.2
5.8

(a) Top 10 destination countries based on original estimates.
(b) United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

'What if'....? Future scenarios

The most recent trend estimates for short-term resident departures are likely to be revised when the next month's seasonally adjusted estimates become available. To assist in analysing these movement trends, the approximate effects of two possible scenarios on the previous trend estimate of short-term resident departures are presented:
      1 The April 2017 seasonally adjusted estimate of resident departures is 2.4% higher than March 2017.
      2 The April 2017 seasonally adjusted estimate of resident departures is 2.4% lower than March 2017.

WHAT IF...? REVISIONS TO STRD TREND ESTIMATES, Australia
What If ...? Revisions to STRD Trend Estimates, Australia


The figure of 2.4% for resident departures represents the average absolute monthly percentage change for resident departures over the last ten years. For further information on the effect of new seasonally adjusted estimates on short-term resident departure trend estimates, see paragraph 30 of the Explanatory Notes.


STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE

The above presentation of numeric and/or percentage changes between two estimates does not take into account whether the change is statistically significant. Care should be taken when interpreting the impact of numeric and/or percentage changes by taking into consideration the size of the standard error of these estimates changes. Please see the Standard Errors section (under the Explanatory Notes tab) of this issue for more detail.