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Overseas arrivals near six million

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Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Tourism

Overseas Arrivals Near Six Million 06 July 2012

Tourist arrivals in Australia continue to grow, with Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today showing a 1.8 per cent increase for May 2012 compared with May 2011.

The figures also show total international visitor arrivals for the first five months of 2012 were 3.1 per cent higher than the same period of 2011.

May’s growth in arrivals continued to be strongest in Australia’s emerging tourist markets in Asia, with arrivals from China increasing by 14.9 per cent, from Malaysia by 10.6 per cent, and from India by 4.8 per cent.

There were also positive signs in some traditional markets, with visitor numbers from the United States and Japan improving following economic woes and natural disasters.

Arrivals from these markets increased 3.9 per cent and 7.1 per cent respectively for the first five months of the year, compared with 2011.

This month’s commencement of Jetstar Japan’s domestic operations will increase access to flights from Tokyo and Osaka to Australia for Japanese travellers.

The Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, said these were further positive signs for Australian tourism.

“It is pleasing to see nearly six million visitors coming to our shores over the past 12 months. This success is despite fierce competition for the tourist dollar, and economic weakness in some markets,” Minister Ferguson said.

“Prospects for increased international tourist numbers are high, with a number of airlines launching new services, including Qatar Airways to Perth, Emirates to Adelaide, Scoot airlines’ services to Sydney and the Gold Coast and the launch of Jetstar Japan this week.

“The $180 million update to the There’s Nothing Like Australia campaign is being rolled out across Australia’s key markets and will continue to draw even more visitors here.

“While we will maintain a strong presence in our traditional markets, Australia must also keep an eye to the future and focus on new markets.”

The ABS figures show growth in outbound departures is slowing and is 5.9 per cent higher so far this year, after increasing by 9.6 per cent in 2011.

The Overseas Arrivals and Departures data is available at

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