The World acknowledges Australians because of their spirit and love for travelling. Do you know the population of Australians that travel abroad? The number is increasing yearly as Australians cruise the world for various reasons. Here are insights and facts about Australians outbound travel.
The number of Australians who were outbound on business, holiday, education or other reasons hit a record-breaking8.2 million in 2012. This implies that out of 100 Australians, 31 travelled overseas. This was a considerate growth from 2011’s 7.8 million and 3.5 millionin 2002. There are almost 29.8 million cross-border travels in Australia. Interestingly, almost half of this number is outbound, where 8.2 million residents travelled abroad. Statistics show that since 2008, Australian residents on international travels have increased. This partly attributes to strengthening of the Australian dollar and airlines competitiveness. Nevertheless, this travel could be a reflection of increase in international travel due to globalization.
Duration of travel – short/long term
When Australians go abroad, they select either short-term or long-term. The short-term is the period not exceeding one year, while on long-term, they go either past one year or permanent. Whereas in 2012 the number of short-term stays was 37, 000, the number hit a record high of 9.2 million in 2015. Prior to that, the highest number was recordedin 2014 at 9 million. When this figure is compared to the decade before 2004, there is a big difference, as the short-term departures was 4.6 million on average. According to information from the HBF website, the series of short-term travel trend estimation, there is a gradual increase in long-term travel towards 2015 with a population of 778, 300.
What causes the travel?
It is needless to point out that Australians make more inbound travel than outbound. However, it is worth to note that the number of international travels is skyrocketing. This could be a surprise because Australia is not geographically suited to make a convenient position for inbound and outbound travels. Some quarters argue that international travel has become a culture. However, according to study, international travels for Australians have a closer link with the country’s high dollar, economic success and budget wars. Ideally, Australian’s disposable income allows them to travel around.
Where Australians frequent
In 2012, travel destinations for Australians included New Zealand (13.4%), Indonesia (11.1%) and the United States (10.5%). Others included Thailand (7.6%), the UK (6%) and China (4.6%). Fiji, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong all had less than4%. According to ABS, the number of Australians travelling outside in 2017 has Australia still taking the lead by 1.23 million. Indonesia followed by 1.06 million while theUnited States received 966, 000 Australians (see fgure 1 below).
2018 and beyond is likely to see the trend in short-term and long-term international travels for Australians increase. With the economy seemingly stable and employment rate impressive, more Australians are bound to travel. The current statistics show that New Zealand remains popular at 1.2 million, while Indonesia is already down by 3% based on February statistics.However, it is a wait and see over the effects of Brexitespecially for the UK travels.