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Overseas arrivals continue to surge

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6 November 2012

OVESEAS ARRIVALS CONTINUE TO SURGE International arrivals have continued to surge in September, with 9.6 per cent growth recorded on the back of strong growth from Asia and the United States.

Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, said the latest Overseas Arrivals and Departures figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the effects of Tourism Australia’s There is Nothing Like Australia campaign on Asian visitor numbers.

“With the roll out of Tourism Australia’s There’s nothing like Australia campaign, the interest of Chinese tourists in travelling to Australia continues to grow strongly,” Minister Ferguson said.

“It is also pleasing to see arrivals from the USA and Japanese markets continue the upward trend, offsetting declines from Europe.”

Arrivals from the USA and Japan increased 13.1 per cent and 6.6 per cent in September 2012.

The first quarter of this financial year saw arrivals from China continue to grow at record levels, up 17.2 per cent driven by growth in July (up 11.9 per cent), August (up 16.6 per cent), and September (up 26.5 per cent).

Arrivals for the month of September from Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia increased strongly by 33.9 per cent, 14.5 per cent, and 11.4 per cent respectively, continuing the upward trend from the last release.

Europe remains soft given ongoing economic challenges in the Eurozone with arrivals from the United Kingdom down 3.5 per cent from September 2011 and 5.1 per cent for the September quarter.

After rising strongly by 8.0 per cent in 2011-12, growth in outbound departures continues to soften with the first quarter of this financial year up by 3.6 per cent compared to the same period last year.

“The softened growth in outbound departures is good news for domestic tourism and comes on the back of positive domestic tourism figures showing strong growth in trips and expenditure in recent months,” Minister Ferguson said.

The Overseas Arrivals and Departures data is available at

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