The world economic downturn really has started to show up in Australia’s tourism figures. The Australian Bureau of Statitics this morning reported that on a seasonally adjusted basis, short-term arrivals of 437,700 in July were down 1.2% compared with June. This followed decreases of 2.4% for May and 4.2% for June.
If the number of tourists visiting the country is down, Australians have not been deterred from travelling overseas. During July departures at 560,400 were up 9.7% compared with June.