Short term arrivals and departures jump to new highs

The climb in the numbers of visitors coming to, and leaving, Australia continues in the latest data for Oct from the ABS.

Short term arrivals hit a new record of 713,300 (seasonally adjusted) for the month; an increase of 12.7% from the same time a year ago and a total of 8.1 million for the 12 months. The growth in Chinese visitors remains the prime driver with numbers up by 13.8% from a year ago to a new record high of almost 1.2 million in the past 12 months.

Departures were also up to a new high of 845,300 for the month and 9.8 million over the past 12 months.

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