Japanese and South Koreans are flocking to Australia

Peter Terlato 6 June 2016

Japan Tourist Australia Sydney

When it comes to holidays Asians love Australia and Australians loves Asia.

Although Chinese and Kiwi visitors continue to dominate short-term arrivals to Australia, there has been a significant surge in Japanese and South Korean travellers heading down under.

The latest short-term arrivals data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveals a 10.2% increase in visitors to Australia during April 2016, compared to the same month last year.

There was a slight increase (0.7%) in month-on-month short-term visitor arrivals (665,600 movements) to Australia in April 2016, compared to March 2016.

Looking at the top ten visitor source countries, there were 36,200 arrivals from Japan, a whopping 32.9% year-on-year increase to April 2016. The number of visitors from neighbouring South Korea also rose steeply in April, up 32.4% to 23,500. Other nations that recorded a notable year-on-year rise in short-term visitors to Australia included China (+19.4%), Singapore (+19.7%), USA (+17.4%) and Malaysia (+12.8%).

The only country to register a decrease in short-term visitor arrivals was New Zealand, with an annual decrease of -1.3% to 110,300 from April 2015 to April 2016.

For Australians travelling overseas on short-term trips, Japan and other Asian nations proved popular destinations. Departures to Japan witnessed a 25.5% year-on-year increase to 30,500 travellers in April 2016, according to ABS statistics.

Indonesia (+12.5%) was the next most frequented country, followed by the UK (+8.5%), USA (+6.5%), China (+5.7%), Hong Kong (+4.3%) and Singapore (+4.1%). Fiji (-5%) and Thailand (-3.9%) both registered year-on-year decreases in the number of short-term departures from Australia.

When it comes to selecting accommodation options, an increasing number of international travellers are choosing rental houses, units and apartments over more traditional options such as hotels and resorts.

Approximately 38.7% of the 248 million nights spent in Australia by overseas visitors were accommodated in rentals. This is compared to just 10.8% that was spent in hotels and resorts.

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