Halong Bay, Vietnam

Travelling through Vietnam,  skiing in Japan, venturing to India and relaxing in Thailand – these were the hot destinations for Australians in the peak travel month of January.

Vietnam travel by Australians was up 28%, Japan holidays increased 16%, Indian tourism grew 14% while Thailand – which had been losing market share – rose 9.6%.

Tourism to perennially popular January holiday destination Bali slumped due to concern over volatile Mount Agung – an active volcano that has caused serious flight disruptions – with Australian visits to Indonesia  dropping -11%.

Year on year visits to New Zealand (-1%) and the United States (-2%) also fell as overall outbound figures during January rose a modest 2%.

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