ABS Short Term Arrivals and Departures for Sept show arrivals increased by 5.7% from a year ago (the total for the past 12 months are up 8.1% from the same period a year ago). Chinese arrivals have continued to grow strongly and are up 13.4% from a year ago (and up 11.8% for the total of the past 12 months). The Trend data show Chinese arrivals up 24.6% from a year ago (its fastest rate in almost 4 years).
Meanwhile departures growth has slowed and are up just 1.1% from a year ago and the total for the past 12 months up just 5.2% (which is its lowest rate of growth since June 2013).
UPDATE: Loose Change has an excellent post on how News Ltd and certain tourism bodies appear to be mis-representing this data to suggest that the Chinese tourism boom is starting to unwind. We made similar points our self via a comment on the online Cairns Post story…which they omitted to publish.