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INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS
23.5 Short-term Movements(a), International visitor arrivals
Major source countries for short-term international visitor arrivals to Australia during 2008 were New Zealand (1,113,400 visitor arrivals), the United Kingdom, Channel Islands & Isle of Man (672,200), Japan (457,300) and the United States of America (454,500) (table 23.6).
Between 2007 and 2008 the number of short-term international visitor arrivals from Japan fell by 115,600, while visitor arrivals from Korea fell by 34,900, New Zealand arrivals fell by 24,600, and visitor arrivals from the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man fell by 16,900. Visitor arrivals from Malaysia rose by 11,600, from Germany by 9,200 and from Singapore by 7,000.
In 2008 people whose main purpose for their trip was a holiday accounted for the highest share (48%) and employment accounted for the lowest share (3%) of short-term international visitor arrivals to Australia (graph 23.7).
23.7 International Visitor Arrivals, By main purpose of trip - 2008
December recorded the highest number of visitor arrivals (11% of total arrivals) in 2008, while May and June recorded the lowest (7%) (graph 23.8).
23.8 International visitor arrivals, By month of visit - 2008
23.9 Short-term International Visitor Nights(a)(b) - 2008
Of all international visitors in 2008, nights spent in Australia by those who travelled for holiday purposes accounted for 35% of short-term international visitor nights; 32% were for educational purposes; 17% of nights were to visit friends and relatives; and 6% were for business purposes (graph 23.10).
23.10 Short-term international visitor nights(a)(b), By main purpose of trip - 2008