3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Mar 2019 Quality Declaration 
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SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS

In trend terms, short-term visitor arrivals to Australia during March 2019 (777,900 movements) increased negligibly (0.0%) when compared with February 2019 (777,600 movements). In March 2019, short-term visitor arrivals were 2.2% higher than in March 2018.

SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS, Australia
Graph: 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 2019. When trend estimates for short-term visitor arrivals for March 2018 and March 2019 were compared, the highest percentage increases were recorded for India (7.6%), followed by the United States of America (6.5%) and Singapore (5.7%). The highest percentage decreases were recorded for Malaysia (-6.5%), the United Kingdom (-6.1%) and Hong Kong (-2.8%).


Short-term Visitor Arrivals, Australia - March 2019

Trend
Seasonally Adjusted
Original
Feb '19 to Mar '19
Mar '18 to Mar '19
Country of Residence(a)
'000
'000
'000
Trend % change
Trend % change

China (excludes SARs & Taiwan)
120.0
120.2
124.4
-0.1
0.8
New Zealand
119.1
115.4
109.9
0.4
4.6
United States of America
70.1
71.1
89.2
0.8
6.5
United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man
58.7
56.0
74.0
-1.1
-6.1
Japan
40.0
40.6
53.5
-0.2
5.6
Singapore
38.1
38.8
38.6
0.0
5.7
India
31.0
30.7
34.0
0.0
7.6
Malaysia
30.2
30.7
30.3
-0.7
-6.5
Korea, Republic of (South)
24.5
24.8
26.1
2.4
1.4
Hong Kong
24.5
23.5
23.1
-1.0
-2.8

(a) Top 10 source countries based on original estimates.


SHORT-TERM RESIDENT RETURNS

In trend terms, short-term resident returns to Australia during March 2019 (926,500 movements) decreased by 0.3% when compared with February 2019 (929,000 movements). In March 2019, short-term resident returns were 2% higher than in March 2018.

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HORT-TERM RESIDENT RETURNS, Australia
Graph: Short-term resident returns, Australia

The following table presents the top ten destination countries (based on original estimates) for short-term resident returns in March 2019. When trend estimates for short-term resident returns for March 2018 and March 2019 were compared, the highest percentage increases were recorded for India (10.7%), China (3.5%) and Hong Kong (3%). The highest percentage decreases were recorded for Vietnam (-6.8%), the United States of America (-3.9%) and Thailand (-3.1%).


Short-term Resident Returns, Australia - March 2019

Trend
Seasonally Adjusted
Original
Feb '19 to Mar '19
Mar '18 to Mar '19
Country of Stay(a)
'000
'000
'000
Trend % change
Trend % change

New Zealand
120.5
121.5
134.8
-0.3
2.4
Indonesia
107.2
106.9
91.9
-0.8
2.8
United States of America
87.3
87.6
61.4
-1.1
-3.9
Thailand
46.5
47.1
41.7
0.1
-3.1
China (excludes SARs & Taiwan)
50.0
45.3
41.3
-1.2
3.5
India
35.4
34.7
37.9
1.2
10.7
Singapore
33.2
33.3
34.6
0.1
-2.2
Japan
39.7
38.8
34.3
-0.4
2.7
Vietnam
25.2
26.9
29.3
-1.1
-6.8
Hong Kong
20.8
21.7
23.3
-0.1
3.0

(a) Top 10 destination countries based on original estimates.

STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE

The above statistics are based on a sample and are subject to sampling error. Care should be taken when interpreting the impact of numeric and/or percentage change. See paragraphs 10 and 11 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.