08/15/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/14/2019 19:40
NZ remains leading destination for the Aussie traveller
2018-19 was the highest year on record for Australian residents returning from a short-term trip overseas, with 11.2 million trips.
ABS Director of Migration Statistics, Jenny Dobak, said the record annual 11.2 million trips Aussies made overseas in 2018-19 was 5.4 million more than 10 years ago.
'There has generally been an ongoing increase of Australian residents travelling overseas over recent decades,' Ms. Dobak said.
Indonesia remained in second position with over 1.3 million trips, followed by the USA with over 1 million trips.
New Zealand was the leading destination for those living in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory whilst Indonesia was the leading destination for those living in South Australia, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory.
The median duration away for Australians was 15 days.
Holiday was the main reason for travel for 57 per cent of Aussies returning home from a short-term trip overseas. Visiting friends and relatives was next at 26 per cent.
Top 10 destination countries(a) - 2018-19 - year ending 30 June
Further details can be found in Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0) available on the ABS website https://www.abs.gov.au
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