Australia clocks record numbers from South and South-east Asia

VISITOR numbers from South and South-east Asia to Australia hit new highs last year, with Singapore arrivals surpassing 300,000 for the first time.

Arrivals from Singapore reached a new milestone with 308,000 visitors in 2010, an increase of eight per cent compared to 2009.

“This reinforces that Australia continues to remain top of mind as Singaporeans’ preferred holiday destination,” said Maggie White, regional general manager, South/South-east Asia and The Gulf.

Meanwhile, the markets of Malaysia, Indonesia and India saw impressive double-digit growths.

Malaysia contributed 236,900 visitors last year, an increase of 12 per cent over 2009; Indonesia delivered 124,000 visitors, climbing by 14 per cent; and India brought 138,700 visitors, up 11 per cent.

White attributed the destination’s appeal and growth in arrivals to the strong support from trade partners as well as competitive airfares across the region.

Australia received 5.9 million international visitor arrivals in 2010, an increase of five per cent over 2009.

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