Arrivals and Departures data on the up again

Yesterday saw the release of the data for May short term overseas arrivals and departures (OAD) and it confirms that the strength in in-bound tourism continues into the second quarter.

Arrivals in May hit a new record high of 680,300 which is up 11.7% from a year ago, while the total for the past 12 months exceeded 7.7 million for the first time and is a 9.3% increase on this time last year. As we have come to expect, the Chinese market remained as a strong performer with arrivals up 17.1% from a year ago to and up almost 23% for the total of the last 12 months. Chinese visitors now make up fully 14.6% of the year’s arrivals (another new record). As we noted last month (see here) these figures bode well for a strong set of data for the second quarter when we get the International Visitor Survey from Tourism Research Australia at the end of August.

Departures were also stronger up 4.5% from a year ago and up 4% for the total of the past 12 months. The number of Aussies travelling overseas in the past 12 months exceeded 9.6 million for the first time in May.

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