The strong growth in Australians taking international holidays continues. Latest figures show 720,000 Australians headed overseas in May – 5.8% more than the same month in 2012. The fastest-growing destinations were the United States (+10.7%) and Singapore (+21.5%). Thailand was the only top 10 country to go backwards with a -2.1% decline.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics survey reveals slower growth for Australian inbound tourism – 524,000 visitors in May, up 3.7%. The inbound momentum is almost entirely down to the continued surge in Chinese visitor numbers: +22.3% to 77,400. Japan continued its long slow decline as a source market- down 11% to 26,500.