Published on : Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The ABS’s Overseas Arrivals and Departures figures show international arrivals in September rose 4.5 per cent in September, with annual arrivals up 5.2 per cent for the year ending September. Monthly departures by Australians were 5.8 per cent higher than for September 2012, while annual departures are up 6.1 per cent on the previous 12 months.
TTF Executive Director Adele Labine-Romain said China is again leading the way.
“Monthly arrivals from China are up a third on September 2012, with annual growth in Chinese arrivals now at 19.0 per cent,” Ms Labine-Romain said.
“721,000 Chinese travellers arrived in the 12 months to the end of September, up from just over 600,000 a year earlier.
“We are also seeing strong annual growth from other Asian markets including double-digit increases from Singapore (+11.2%), Taiwan (+11.0%), India (+10.7%) and the Philippines (+10.6%).
“It’s also pleasing to note that growth in leisure travel is leading the way, with holiday visitors up 6.2 per cent for the year ending September.
“Holiday visitors are the biggest travel segment, accounting for 45 per cent of all international arrivals, and are also among the highest spending types of visitors.
“Australia is competing with other destinations around the world for these visitors and while this growth shows that Australia is a desirable destination, it also demonstrates the potential for further growth that improving our competitiveness could deliver.
“Streamlining visa approval and passenger facilitation processes, expanding the working holiday maker scheme and investing in demand-driving infrastructure can help tourism maximise its contribution as an economic development strategy for Australia.
“Tourism already directly employs more than 530,000 people across Australia and generates more than $107 billion in consumption every year.
“With the right policy settings, this contribution will continue to grow and Australia can reach its target of doubling overnight visitor expenditure to $140 billion a year by 2020.”