Total Australian overseas travel in the month of September 2003 was recorded at 354,306 – representing an increase of less than 2,800 departures or 0.8% compared with the…
Total Australian overseas travel in the month of September 2003 was recorded at 354,306 – representing an increase of less than 2,800 departures or 0.8% compared with the same month of 2002.
Holiday departures declined by a further 2% in September, with VFR and business travel up 3% and 12% respectively; those residents travelling overseas for other reasons fell by 15% in the month under review. Within the business segment of the market, departures to attend conventions or conferences increased by 34% in September, with travel for employment reasons up 13%.
Holiday travel to New Zealand, as area of intended stay, rose by 31% in the month of September 2003, with departures to Fiji up 32% and to the other South Pacific Islands up 37%. Travel to Asia for holiday reasons declined by 26% in September, with departures to North America down 9% and to Europe up 5%; departures to the other Americas grew by 97% in the month under review with travel to Africa and the Middle East up 12%.
Within the top ten countries of intended stay in the month of September 2003, total departures for all reasons to New Zealand rose by 18% with travel to the United Kingdom up 6% and to the United States down 2%. Total Australian travel to Indonesia fell by a further 34% in the month of September, with departures to Fiji up 28% and to Hong Kong up 8%. Travel to China declined by 8% in the month under review, with departures to Thailand and Italy down 32% and 5% respectively and to Singapore down 6%.
Overall, total Australian overseas travel was recorded at 3.29 million in the year ended September 2003 – down 96,000 departures or 3% on the year ended September 2002.
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