The short-term arrivals and departures data from the ABS this morning showed arrivals down sharply in June from May. At 565,000 they were just 0.4% higher than in June 2013. However, over the past 12 months total arrivals are up 7.7% on the same period a year ago and stand at a new record of just over 6.66 million.
The growth in Chinese arrivals continues apace. A total of 70,000 Chinese arrived in June taking the total for the past 12 months to 769,200 (a new high) which is up 11.4% from the same period a year ago. China accounted for 12.4% of all arrivals this month and 11.5% of all arrivals in the past 12 months (a new record).
Departures in June moved higher after a sharp fall in May and now stand at 5.1% higher than a year ago. The 12 month total hit a new record high of 8.95 million and is 6.5% higher than the same period a year ago.
Update: Loose Change has also posted on the arrivals and departures data and notes some interesting shifts in demographic terms.