In the past 12 months more than 10 million Aussies have travelled abroad for the first time ever. New data for May from the ABS shows that, over the past 12 months, 10,019,900 short-term departures have been made from the country; a new record. Departures are up 7.6% from a year ago and up 4.3% for the 12 month period.
Arrivals are growing even more strongly. For the month pf May arrivals were 7.9% higher than a year ago and they are up 9.9% for the total over the 12 month period. China continues to show solid growth with arrivals up 9.1% from last May and 11% higher for the 12 month period. More than 1.25 million arrivals from China were recorded in the past 12 months; another new record high.