More international guests than ever before visited Australia in the past 12 months.
According to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics earlier today, approximately 7.9896 million short-term visitor arrivals were recorded in the 12 months to August in seasonally adjusted terms, the highest level on record.
The figure was 10.56% higher than the level seen in the year to August 2015, the fastest year-on-year percentage increase since August 2004.
In numeric terms, there were 763,400 more short-term arrivals over the past 12 months than there were in the year to August 2015.
Here’s a chart that shows the seven largest sources of short-term visitor arrivals to Australia over the past 12 months.
China, including arrivals from Hong Kong, strengthened its grip as the number once source of short-term arrivals, surging to 1.4199 million over the past year. It was up 21.3% on the levels of a year earlier.
Here are the remaining nations on the list, along with the percentage growth rate recorded over the past 12 months.
2. New Zealand 1.3229 million (+2.34%)
3. UK 705,200 (+4.43%)
4. USA 685,000 (+17.01%)
5. Singapore 433,000 (+13.2%)
6. Japan 391,000 (+20.23%)
7. Malaysia 368,700 (+10.69%)