New figures reveal that many UK travellers opt to take flights to Australia for short-term trips.

New figures reveal that many UK travellers opt to take flights to Australia for short-term trips.

According to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 5.9 million short-term trips were made by overseas people in 2010 – a rise of 0.3 million compared to the previous two years.

The largest number of visitors came from New Zealand, with them accounting for 20 per cent of the trips. However, there was also a large number of people taking flights to Australia from the UK, US, China and Japan.

A total of 46 per cent of the short-term arrivals were coming to Australia from a holiday, while 24 per cent were making the trip to visit friends and family.

The favourite destination for visitors was New South Wales, followed by Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.

Virgin Blue recently announced a new alliance with Etihad airline to help boost the number of flights to Australia from the Middle East.

Written by Nicholas Scott.

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