3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Mar 2018 Quality Declaration 
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SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS

In trend terms, short-term visitor arrivals to Australia during March 2018 (761,800 movements) increased 0.4% when compared with February 2018 (758,700 movements). Currently, short-term visitor arrivals are 5.3% higher than in March 2017.

SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS(a), 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 2018. When trend estimates for short-term visitor arrivals for March 2017 and March 2018 were compared, the highest percentage increases were recorded for India (19.7%), followed by Hong Kong (10.7%) and China (6.8%). The highest percentage decreases were recorded for Malaysia (-1.9%) and Singapore (-0.6%).


Short-term Visitor Arrivals, Australia - March 2018

Trend
Seasonally Adjusted
Original
Feb '18 to Mar '18
Mar '17 to Mar '18
Country of Residence(a)
'000
'000
'000
Trend % change
Trend % change

China
116.6
118.0
122.5
0.4
6.8
New Zealand
114.6
116.0
115.9
0.1
2.3
United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man
63.3
61.9
90.3
0.0
3.3
United States of America
68.6
66.1
80.7
-0.1
5.5
Japan
37.3
37.3
50.0
0.4
2.5
Singapore
36.8
39.1
40.0
1.5
-0.6
Hong Kong
24.9
26.2
36.1
1.1
10.7
Malaysia
32.0
34.0
34.8
2.8
-1.9
India
28.1
28.8
33.0
0.5
19.7
South Korea
24.1
25.4
26.4
-2.7
0.0

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


SHORT-TERM RESIDENT RETURNS

In trend terms, short-term resident returns to Australia during March 2018 (893,900 movements) increased 0.3% when compared with February 2018 (891,300 movements). Currently, short-term resident returns are 1.7% higher than in March 2017.

SHORT-TERM RESIDENT RETURNS(a), 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 2018. When trend estimates for short-term resident returns for March 2017 and March 2018 were compared, the highest percentage increases were recorded for Japan (13.9%), followed by India (11.3%) and Vietnam (10.9%). The highest percentage decreases were recorded for Singapore (-6.1%), New Zealand (-2.9%) and the United States of America (-2.3%).


Short-term Resident Returns, Australia - March 2018

Trend
Seasonally Adjusted
Original
Feb '18 to Mar '18
Mar '17 to Mar '18
Country of Stay(a)
'000
'000
'000
Trend % change
Trend % change

New Zealand
117.5
117.7
130.2
-0.4
-2.9
Indonesia
100.5
104.8
90.3
2.7
0.4
United States of America
88.5
88.4
62.3
0.3
-2.3
China
46.9
50.7
46.9
0.3
5.4
Thailand
48.6
48.5
42.7
-0.6
2.9
India
32.7
32.3
35.8
0.4
11.3
Japan
37.0
37.6
35.4
0.9
13.9
Singapore
32.2
33.0
34.2
-1.8
-6.1
Vietnam
26.2
25.3
28.7
-1.5
10.9
United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man
55.1
55.2
23.8
0.8
3.1

(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.