Asian countries more popular with Aussies


More Australian holiday-makers headed to Japan, India and Vietnam in March, according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Japan was the most popular country attracting 35,400 Australian visitors – up 14 per cent on last year. India and Vietnam were the two next popular destinations recording 11 per cent increase each. A total of 35,800 Australians visited India and another 28,700 went to Vietnam.

China has also grown as a popular destination for Australia with 46,900 visiting the vast country – up 5 per cent on last year while Thailand recorded a 3 per cent growth attracting 42,700 Australian visitors.
The Indonesian market remained steady with 90,300 visitors from Down Under – the same as last year.

“Indonesia has long been a favourite destination for Australians, and more than 90,000 returned from short-term visits to Indonesia in March,” said Myles Burleigh, ABS director of Migration Statistics.

Only Singapore bucked the trend, with number of Australians visitors down 6 per cent to 34,200.
Long haul destinations like the UK, continued to lure Australian holiday makers with 23,800 heading there in March – up 3 per cent on last year.

The USA suffered a slight drop of 2 per cent in the number of visitors from Australia. A total of 62,300 went to the US in March.

While New Zealand continued to be a popular holiday destination for Australians with 130,200 heading there, this was 3 percent down on the previous year.