3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Feb 2011 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/04/2011   
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Seasonally adjusted and trend estimates add to the understanding of overseas arrivals and departures (OAD) statistics. Seasonally adjusted estimates allow users to analyse short-term movements including irregular impacts on the series, while trend estimates provide a better method to analyse and monitor the underlying direction of the short-term movement series. In most cases, the trend series is the best source of information on the long-term direction of these statistics.

The following graphs are provided to illustrate variations in the seasonally adjusted and trend series for selected countries. These graphs cover the ten year period December 2000 to December 2010.


Selected source countries

The graph for China shows the significant impact of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) on the seasonally adjusted arrivals series in mid-2003. The graph for France shows steady growth from 2004 to 2009 with monthly fluctuations. However, in April 2010, the seasonally adjusted series falls dramatically at the time of the volcanic eruptions in Iceland, which closed major airports in Europe for one week. The graph for Italy shows the large increase in the seasonally adjusted series for short-term visitor arrivals in July 2008, during World Youth Day in Sydney.

CHINA(a), Short-term Visitor Arrivals
Graph: CHINA(a), Short-term Visitor Arrivals

FRANCE, Short-term Visitor Arrivals
Graph: FRANCE, Short-term Visitor Arrivals

ITALY, Short-term Visitor Arrivals
Graph: ITALY, Short-term Visitor Arrivals


Selected destinations

Analysis of short-term resident departures for Fiji, as seen below, shows the effect of a political coup in late 2006 and the impact of the Global Financial Crisis in early 2009. For Indonesia, the graph shows the introduction of breaks in series due to the reduced level of travel experienced after the Bali bombings of 12 October 2002 and 1 October 2005. Further breaks were inserted in December 2003 and December 2006 as movements returned to levels closer to those recorded prior to the bombings. The graph for South Africa shows, in the seasonally adjusted series, the effect of South Africa hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup (11 June to 11 July).

With the reintroduction of the trend series for short-term resident departures (see Explanatory Notes, paragraph 25), breaks in series for the following graphs have been inserted from April 2009. These breaks are associated with the increase in movements that coincided with the introduction of initiatives to combat the Global Financial Crisis. For example, the Australian Government stimulus packages of October 2008 and February 2009, and cut-price air fares and travel packages. Additionally, travel from Australia has continued to benefit from the high Australian dollar.

FIJI, Short-term Resident Departures
Graph: FIJI, Short-term Resident Departures

INDONESIA, Short-term Resident Departures
Graph: INDONESIA, Short-term Resident Departures

SOUTH AFRICA, Short-term Resident Departures
Graph: SOUTH AFRICA, Short-term Resident Departures