Australia's Luxury Travellers
Despite the earthquakes and volcanic ash clouds, Australians continued to take advantage of the strong Australian dollar by travelling overseas.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, December 2011 report, there was a 9.6% increase in the number of Australians travelling internationally in 2011. And the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism’s State of the Industry 2011 report forecasts a further increase in outbound Australian tourism of 5.4% for 2012.
Three of the top five travel destinations for Australians remain in the Asia-Pacific region. The most popular spot in 2011 was New Zealand, receiving 14.1% of Australian international travellers. This was followed by Indonesia (11.3%), the US (10.2%), Thailand (7.1%) and the UK (6.3%).
The ABS report also highlighted Australia’s popularity among emerging market travellers in the Asia-Pacific region, with a 19.4% increase in Chinese visitors, and a 13.4% increase in the number of Indonesians visiting the country.