It’s the hurdle that, for many, marked the return to travel as we knew it to be. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), holidays have once again proven to be the number one reasons Aussies are heading overseas.
Commenting on the June figures which were just released today, Jenny Dobak, ABS Director of Migration Statistics, said this was the first time this had happened since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, overtaking Visiting Friends or Relatives (152,000), which had been the most popular reason for heading overseas since April 2020.
“Since the reopening of Australia’s international border in late 2021, international travel has been steadily increasing for both visitors and residents,” Dobak said.
“We are seeing people opting for holiday destinations and trip durations this June that are more consistent with what we would usually see in June, particularly warm winter getaways.”
The data also showed Australian residents once again taking shorter overseas trips.
When travel restrictions were in place, Australians were making fewer but generally longer overseas trips, with the duration of stay for short-term resident returns peaking at 258 days in December 2020, the ABS said.
However, in June 2022 the median duration of stay was 16 days, around what it had been before the pandemic (14 days in June 2019).
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