3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Apr 2011
SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS
In trend terms, short-term visitor arrivals to Australia during April 2011 (485,400 movements) decreased 0.5% when compared with March 2011 (487,800 movements).
The highest percentage decrease was recorded by Japan (21.2%).
SHORT-TERM RESIDENT DEPARTURES
In trend terms, short-term resident departures from Australia during April 2011 (636,100 movements) increased 1.9% when compared with March 2011 (624,200 movements). Currently, short-term resident departures are 10.4% higher than in April 2010.
So overseas visitors are flat to falling and the number of Australians that are now holidaying overseas as opposed to domestically has gone through the roof. Australians now spend $2B overseas compared to $1B last year excluding internet sales.
Lets keep it simple. 60,000 Australia tourists are not holidaying in Australia this year [that did last year]. 300,000 Australia tourists that holidayed domestically in 2001 (when the Australian dollar was hovering at about 0.50c) now holiday overseas annually.
And, if your region has traditionally relied on Japanese tourism...
Gotta love that high Australian dollar. Keep cheering for it to go higher.