Overseas travel bounces back as Aussies shrug off COVID-19 groundingsTravel
Posted on Aug. 19, 2022, 10:43 p.m.
Overseas travel bounces back as Aussies shrug off COVID-19 groundings
Aussies have come down with a serious case of travel fever, with data revealing international departures inching closer to pre-pandemic levels.
Australian Bureau of Statistics released this week showed 621,150 Australian residents left the country for short-term trips in June.
It was a jump of just over 200,000 travellers – or about 50 per cent, albeit off a lower-than-normal base – on May.
Although it is still well short of the more than one million Australians who headed overseas in June 2019, before COVID-19 hit, the data is welcome news to airlines, travel agencies and overseas companies relying on the spending power of Aussie tourists.
On the rise With pandemic lockdowns easing around the globe, more Aussies are planning to leave the country and head on holidays.
This week’s figures mark a significant rebound compared to this time a year ago, when Victoria and New South Wales were in the midst of lengthy COVID-19 lockdowns.
In August 2021, for example, just 16,660 Australians left the country on a short-term basis.
According to the figures, most Aussies travelling overseas in June were leaving for leisure, not business.
Some 48 per cent of Aussie travellers said they were visiting friends or relatives, 33.5 per cent were on holiday, and just 8 per cent were travelling for business.
The data tallies with a survey from Webjet, which found a significant boost in traveller confidence in recent months.
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