Aussies’ favourite holiday spots revealed

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Australians are once again flocking overseas, new figures reveal, while arrivals are still well below pre-pandemic levels.

According to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in December 2022 nearly 1.27 million people arrived in Australia, while 1.52 million departures were recorded.

Those figures are still well down on pre-Covid-19 pandemic levels, with 2.24 million departures and 2.26 million arrivals recorded in December 2019.

The ABS data set for total international arrivals and departures includes permanent arrivals, resident returns and departures, and short-term visitor returns and departures.

International travel is slowly rebounding after the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Tertius PickardInternational travel is slowly rebounding after the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Tertius Pickard

In its analysis of the November 2022 data, 505,240 international visitors arrived in Australia in November – 38.1 per cent lower than that of November 2019.

Of those arriving in Australia, 18 per cent of visitors were from New Zealand, accounting for 91,210 trips.

Visitors from the UK accounted for 55,410 trips and the US 51,120 trips.

The median length of stay was 26 days.

A total of 612,120 short-term outbound trips were recorded in November 2022 – up 586,200 from November 2021 but still 28 per cent lower than the same month in 2019.

Australians flocked to New Zealand in November, with 101,330 trips, with the other most popular destinations Indonesia and the US.

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