More Aussies holidaying in Thailand

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J An increasing number of Australians are choosing to spend their vacation time enjoying Thailand’s sun and shopping with 17.1 percent more residents departing on short term trips to the country in the last month of 2011 compared to the corresponding month 2010.Thailand saw the largest increase in Aussie visitors for the month with up to 464 000 Australians crossing their shores while China welcomed the second largest jump with 15.7 percent more short term visitors from Australia in December last year compared to the corresponding month the prior year.According to Australian Bureau of Statics figures released this week, while India and Indonesia also welcomed increases of 12.4 percent and 12.3 percent for the same period, New Zealand continued to attract the largest number of Australian short term travellers with 967,000 visitors. The US, UK, Fiji and Vietnam also welcomed a jump in Aussie arrivals while Malaysia witnessing Australian inbound fall 0.1 percent to 209,000. In terms of short term visitor arrivals into Australia, China’s number jumped the highest with 15.5 percent more travellers trekking down under while Japan’s arrivals slowed by 6.9 percent. Quake disruptions may keep Japanese visitor numbers down but the strong Aussie dollar is playing its part in deterring travellers from the UK, with arrivals from England dropping 6.4 percent for the month of December compared to the same month last year.Earlier this month Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner said the par-on-par UK pound and Aussie dollar meant it was the perfect time for Australians to travel into the Great Britain.“The extra GBP1350 today’s traveller receives is effectively the cost of a return airfare,” he highlighted.For more information click here. last_img

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