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3401.0.55.001 - Short-term Visitor Arrivals to Australia, Preliminary, Sep 2003  
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SHORT-TERM VISITOR ARRIVALS TO AUSTRALIA, SEPTEMBER 2003 PRELIMINARY

The data presented in this release are preliminary and subject to revision. The ABS encourages users of this data to refer to the ABS monthly publication, Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0) for final estimates. The release of the preliminary short-term visitor arrivals series will cease in December 2003 with the release of preliminary estimates for November 2003.


Trend estimate

Trend estimates have been revised to take into account the impact of recent world events. See paragraph 18 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.

The preliminary trend estimate for September 2003 (422,900) is continuing the steady monthly increase in the series since April 2003.


Seasonally adjusted

From July 2003, concurrent seasonal adjustment replaced the foward factor method used to derive seasonally adjusted estimates. See paragraphs 12 to 15 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail.

The preliminary seasonally adjusted estimate of short-term visitor arrivals to Australia for September 2003 (428,800) represents an increase of 9% compared to the previous month and follows consistent monthly increases in the seasonally adjusted series since June 2003.


Original

The preliminary estimate for short-term visitor arrivals to Australia for September 2003 was 383,400. This represents an increase of 7% compared to September 2002 (358,600). Preliminary estimates suggest that large numbers of short-term visitors came from New Zealand (86,100 movements), Japan (51,400 movements) and the United Kingdom (42,500 movements). Compared to September 2002, visitors from New Zealand and the United Kingdom both increased by 7%, whereas Japan decreased by 3%.

TABLE 1: SHORT-TERM MOVEMENT: VISITOR ARRIVALS - SEPTEMBER 2003 PRELIMINARY

Change
between
Aug 2003 and
Sep 2003
Sep 2003


'000
%

Short-term Visitor Arrivals -
    Trend
422.9
0.6
    Seasonally Adjusted
428.8
8.9
    Original
383.4
. .

TABLE 2: SHORT-TERM MOVEMENT: VISITOR ARRIVALS - COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE



Calendar year

Financial year

Quarter ended Sep

September
2001
2002
2001-02
2002-03
2002
2003p
2002
2003p
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000

OCEANIA & ANTARTICA -
New Zealand
814.9
790.1
787.7
793.1
226.0
242.0
80.9
86.1
Total
940.3
905.0
907.5
904.7
252.1
269.5
89.0
95.5
EUROPE & THE FORMER USSR -
Germany
147.6
134.8
136.8
134.0
31.5
35.4
11.6
11.6
Italy
43.3
43.3
41.1
42.5
13.1
12.8
2.8
3.0
Netherlands
56.5
53.0
54.6
52.1
11.2
11.6
4.2
3.9
Sweden
31.7
30.9
30.2
31.8
5.3
5.7
2.2
2.6
Switzerland
46.2
41.5
43.4
41.2
8.4
8.1
3.9
3.5
United Kingdom
617.2
642.7
627.1
644.2
116.0
124.3
39.6
42.5
Total
1,179.0
1,180.5
1,172.2
1,170.4
239.8
255.2
81.1
85.9
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA -
Total
56.2
51.5
56.3
50.2
17.5
18.0
3.1
3.5
SOUTHEAST ASIA -
Indonesia
97.9
89.4
94.7
86.9
22.1
22.1
6.2
6.4
Malaysia
149.4
159.0
154.3
142.4
37.4
44.3
15.8
18.2
Philippines
30.4
28.5
29.9
25.4
6.3
6.4
1.9
2.4
Singapore
296.0
286.9
295.8
261.6
54.3
55.0
17.4
20.9
Thailand
79.9
82.7
80.0
75.5
20.0
19.9
8.3
5.9
Total
679.0
673.8
682.7
617.7
146.5
154.3
51.2
56.2
NORTHEAST ASIA -
China
158.0
190.0
172.3
177.1
47.2
38.4
12.9
14.9
Japan
673.6
715.5
659.2
658.6
183.8
154.8
52.8
51.4
Korea
175.6
189.7
181.1
195.8
42.0
50.7
10.7
14.2
Taiwan
110.1
97.4
99.1
80.8
26.1
29.6
5.6
7.3
Total
1,274.3
1,345.5
1,262.4
1,254.8
340.7
309.2
91.3
98.6
THE AMERICAS -
Canada
93.1
90.9
93.0
86.5
16.3
16.6
5.4
5.6
USA
446.4
434.5
424.4
423.5
102.3
102.2
26.4
26.3
Total
577.5
556.2
551.1
537.1
125.6
125.5
34.0
33.8
AFRICA (excluding North Africa) -
South Africa
54.9
51.0
55.7
47.5
11.1
10.7
3.6
4.1
Total
71.5
67.3
72.7
62.7
14.5
14.5
4.5
5.1
Total(a)
4,855.7
4,841.2
4,768.3
4,655.8
1,148.7
1,161.1
358.6
383.4

(a) Includes Southern Asia and not stated/inadequately described.

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