RECORD growth in international travel has sparked an unprecedented surge in the number of Australian passport holders. One in two (49%) Aussies now has a passport, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, an increase of 16% over the previous year. It reflects the growing tendency of Australians to holiday overseas rather than domestically. While this figure is well ahead of the United States (25%) it seriously lags European countries such as Germany with 90% passport ownership.

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