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3401.0.55.001 - Short-term Visitor Arrival Estimates, Australia, May 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/06/2008  Final
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TREND ESTIMATES

The trend estimate for short-term visitor arrivals to Australia for May 2008 (478,800 movements) increased slightly by 0.5% compared with April 2008 (476,500 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.6% for March 2008 and April 2008. Since the beginning of 2008 there has been an increase in the trend estimate series.

Currently, short-term visitor arrivals are 1.6% higher than in May 2007.

Short-term visitor arrivals, Australia
Graph: Visitor arrivals Short-term



SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES

The seasonally adjusted estimate for short-term visitor arrivals to Australia for May 2008 (486,100 movements) increased by 1.8% compared with April 2008 (477,800 movements). This followed a monthly decrease of 0.5% for March 2008 and a monthly increase of 1.7% for April 2008.

TABLE 1: SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS, Australia(a) - May 2008

May 08
Apr 08 to May 08
May 07 to May 08
'000
% change
% change

Trend
478.8
0.5
1.6
Seasonally adjusted
486.1
1.8
. .
Original
388.1
. .
. .

. . not applicable
(a) Data for the most recent month are statistically modelled on passport movements and past arrival trends from passenger cards. Monthly estimates prior to the most recent month are final and based on passenger card data. Trend and seasonally adjusted estimates may be revised each month. See Explanatory Notes 14 to 19.



ORIGINAL ESTIMATES

In original movement terms, there were an estimated 388,100 short-term visitor arrivals to Australia during May 2008.

TABLE 2: SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS, Australia(a) - Country of Residence

Trend
Seasonally adjusted
Original
Apr 08
May 08
Apr 08
to May 08
May 07
to May 08
Apr 08
May 08
Apr 08
to May 08
May 08
Country of residence
'000
'000
% change
% change
'000
'000
% change
'000

Oceania & Antarctica
New Zealand
94.9
95.5
0.6
-0.7
93.0
99.7
7.1
98.9
Total
107.3
108.2
0.8
0.4
105.9
112.5
6.3
111.6
North-West Europe
Germany
13.1
13.0
-0.3
1.7
13.1
13.0
-1.2
7.0
Netherlands
4.5
4.5
0.8
6.2
4.6
4.5
-2.6
2.1
Sweden
3.0
3.0
-0.4
1.8
2.8
3.1
12.5
1.2
Switzerland
3.5
3.4
-1.0
-7.5
3.4
3.4
-1.0
1.7
United Kingdom
59.3
60.2
1.4
4.7
59.9
60.8
1.4
31.1
Total
103.1
103.9
0.8
4.2
103.7
104.0
0.3
52.9
Southern & Eastern Europe
Italy
4.3
4.4
0.3
-3.7
4.7
4.3
-8.4
2.2
Total
12.1
12.1
0.3
8.1
14.9
12.0
-19.4
6.4
North Africa & the Middle East
Total
8.5
8.6
0.9
16.2
8.1
8.9
9.1
5.1
South-East Asia
Indonesia
7.9
7.8
-1.5
5.3
8.0
7.5
-6.7
5.6
Malaysia
14.8
14.9
0.2
11.5
14.1
15.8
12.6
17.4
Philippines
3.7
3.8
0.6
5.7
3.6
3.9
9.5
4.8
Singapore
22.4
22.2
-1.0
-0.1
21.4
22.0
3.0
22.2
Thailand
6.6
6.6
-0.3
-3.4
6.4
6.8
5.2
6.7
Total
60.1
59.9
-0.3
4.8
58.1
60.5
4.1
60.2
North-East Asia
China
34.2
34.6
1.3
21.2
37.9
32.5
-14.2
23.0
Japan
39.7
39.2
-1.3
-17.9
38.9
39.4
1.1
29.6
Korea
19.1
19.2
0.6
-12.9
19.2
19.8
2.8
17.0
Taiwan
6.2
6.3
1.8
-18.9
5.9
6.9
15.6
6.3
Total
111.8
112.1
0.3
-5.7
114.5
112.0
-2.2
86.4
Americas
Canada
10.5
10.7
1.6
11.4
10.4
10.9
4.1
7.7
United States of America
38.0
37.9
-0.2
-1.2
37.7
38.1
1.1
29.8
Total
53.4
53.6
0.4
2.2
52.9
54.5
3.0
41.5
Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
5.9
6.0
2.3
17.5
6.0
6.3
4.9
4.8
Total
7.9
8.1
2.8
17.9
7.7
8.8
13.6
6.4
Total(b)
476.5
478.8
0.5
1.6
477.8
486.1
1.8
388.1

(a) Data for the most recent month are statistically modelled on passport movements and past arrival trends from passenger cards. Monthly estimates prior to the most recent month are final and based on passenger card data. Trend and seasonally adjusted estimates may be revised each month. See Explanatory Notes 14 to 19.
(b) Includes Southern and Central Asia and not stated/inadequately described.



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