While USA Remains Top Long-Haul Destination for Australians, Younger Segments Have Higher Share: The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has just come out with a 10-year window of arrivals and departures data which show that Aussies will forego closer long haul destinations (New Zealand and Indonesia are short-haul) to make the trek to the USA.
The following table shows, in trend terms, the top ten destination countries for short-term resident departures in 2005-06 compared with 2015-16. New Zealand remained the most popular destination in 2015-16, with Australians making 1.2 million journeys there. Of the top ten destination countries in the year ending June 2016, short-term resident departures to Indonesia recorded the strongest growth over the ten year period, with a percentage change of 416.1 percent. It was followed by Japan (246.5 percent), India (199.2 percent) and the USA (135 percent).
The ABS data help to put into perspective the latest arrivals data released by the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office—they cover the first quarter of 2016—which indicate a modest Q1 growth over the same period in 2015 of 3.1 percent in arrivals from Australia, despite a sharply weaker Australian dollar. Australia is the Number 8 overseas source market for inbound tourism to the United States.
Meanwhile, Younger Travelers are making a Greater Share of Trips Abroad: For male Australian residents departing overseas for a short-term stay abroad, the peak age group moved from 45-49 years in 2005-06 (11.1 percent) to 30-34 years in 2015-16 (9.7 percent). For females, the peak age group moved from 30-34 years in 2005-06 (9.6 percent) to 25-29 years in 2015-16 (9.5 percent). For males, the median age decreased from 42.3 years in 2005-06 to 41.8 years in 2015-16, while for females the median age increased slightly (39.7 in 2005-06 to 40.1 in 2015-16).