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3401.0.55.001 - Short-term Visitor Arrival Estimates, Australia, Mar 2008  
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TREND ESTIMATES

The trend estimate for short-term visitor arrivals to Australia for March 2008 (473,300 movements) increased slightly by 0.3% compared with February 2008 (471,700 movements). This followed monthly increases of 0.2% for January 2008 and 0.3% for February 2008. Over the previous year the trend estimate has remained relatively stable.


Short-term visitor arrivals changed little since March 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 March 2008 (477,200 movements) increased by 0.8% compared with February 2008 (473,600 movements). This followed a monthly decrease of 0.4% for January 2008 and a monthly increase of 1.5% for February 2008.

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

Mar 08
Feb 08 to Mar 08
Mar 07 to Mar 08
'000
% change
% change

Trend
473.3
0.3
-0.1
Seasonally adjusted
477.2
0.8
. .
Original
529.5
. .
. .

. . 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 529,500 short-term visitor arrivals to Australia during March 2008.

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

Trend
Seasonally adjusted
Original
Feb 08
Mar 08
Feb 08
to Mar 08
Mar 07
to Mar 08
Feb 08
Mar 08
Feb 08
to Mar 08
Mar 08
Country of residence
'000
'000
% change
% change
'000
'000
% change
'000

Oceania & Antarctica
New Zealand
95.1
95.3
0.3
-0.4
97.1
95.1
-2.1
90.8
Total
106.7
107.0
0.3
-0.6
109.0
106.9
-2.0
102.6
North-West Europe
Germany
13.1
13.2
0.9
3.8
12.7
13.3
4.9
16.7
Netherlands
4.3
4.3
0.7
2.8
4.4
4.3
-1.2
4.8
Sweden
3.1
3.1
0.7
2.9
3.0
3.1
3.6
3.5
Switzerland
3.6
3.6
1.5
-0.9
3.6
3.5
-4.1
3.9
United Kingdom
56.7
57.0
0.6
-5.0
57.9
57.6
-0.5
87.3
Total
100.4
101.1
0.7
-1.2
100.8
102.1
1.3
138.0
Southern & Eastern Europe
Italy
4.3
4.3
-0.5
-5.6
4.3
4.3
-0.1
3.4
Total
12.0
12.0
0.2
6.5
12.1
12.0
-0.6
11.0
North Africa & the Middle East
Total
8.7
8.9
2.6
21.3
9.2
9.0
-2.2
8.3
North-East Asia
Indonesia
8.0
8.1
1.6
16.8
7.6
8.4
10.5
8.2
Malaysia
14.6
14.8
1.6
10.2
14.2
14.6
2.7
14.2
Philippines
3.8
3.9
1.5
8.3
4.0
3.8
-4.4
5.1
Singapore
22.1
22.4
1.3
-0.2
21.9
22.5
2.5
22.7
Thailand
6.7
6.7
-1.0
0.6
6.9
6.9
-0.6
8.1
Total
59.6
60.4
1.5
6.4
58.9
61.4
4.2
63.9
North-East Asia
China
32.0
32.5
1.5
16.0
30.2
33.9
12.0
30.7
Japan
41.8
41.2
-1.5
-15.5
41.7
42.1
1.0
50.9
Korea
18.7
18.6
-1.0
-16.5
19.2
18.2
-5.2
17.6
Taiwan
6.1
5.8
-4.9
-25.6
6.0
6.4
5.9
6.4
Total
110.6
109.8
-0.8
-8.3
108.7
111.6
2.6
119.5
Americas
Canada
10.2
10.2
0.6
9.4
10.9
10.1
-7.3
13.5
United States of America
38.7
38.5
-0.7
0.3
40.2
37.6
-6.3
42.5
Total
53.9
53.8
-0.2
3.3
56.1
53.0
-5.5
62.0
Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
5.5
5.5
0.5
5.9
5.3
5.7
6.9
7.5
Total
7.6
7.8
1.6
11.3
7.1
8.5
18.6
10.3
Total(b)
471.7
473.3
0.3
-0.1
473.6
477.2
0.8
529.5

(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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