Table 1

Traveler and trip characteristics by traveler region of residence (N = 808*)
Residents of:

Australia

(N = 384)

Other Western countries

(N = 199)

Asia

(N = 225)

p-value
Demographics
Age
16–35 years 185 (48.2%) 144 (72.4%) 133 (59.1%) <0.001
36–55 years 124 (32.3%) 29 (14.6%) 69 (30.7%)
>55 years 74 (19.3%) 26 (13.1%) 23 (10.2%)
Female 165 (43.0%) 106 (53.3%) 111 (49.3%) 0.05
Married 206 (53.6%) 53 (26.6%) 107 (47.6%) <0.001
Resident of country of birth 212 (55.2%) 175 (87.9%) 200 (88.9%) <0.001
Education
≤High school 78 (20.3%) 41 (20.6%) 44 (19.6%) 0.01
Tertiary trade/diploma 117 (30.5%) 51 (25.6%) 39 (17.3%)
≥University bachelor degree 181 (47.1%) 104 (52.3%) 138 (61.3%)
Student 38 (9.9%) 56 (28.1%) 81 (36.0%) <0.001
Trip characteristics
Purpose of travel
Holiday 170 (44.3%) 118 (59.3%) 58 (25.8%) <0.001
Business/employment 82 (21.4%) 33 (16.6%) 52 (23.1%)
Visiting friends/relatives (VFR) 99 (25.8%) 26 (13.1%) 68 (30.2%)
Other/not stated 33 (8.6%) 21 (10.6%) 47 (20.9%)
Duration of travel
<2 weeks 148 (38.5%) 36 (18.1%) 79 (35.1%) <0.001
2 weeks - <3 months 183 (47.7%) 98 (49.2%) 56 (24.9%)
3 months or more 48 (12.5%) 64 (32.2%) 87 (38.7%)
Travel group
Traveling alone 200 (52.1%) 92 (46.2%) 126 (56.0%) 0.06
Traveling with children (<16 years) 29 (7.6%) 29 (14.6%) 14 (6.2%) 0.01
Visiting two or more countries 138 (35.9%) 178 (89.4%) 90 (40.0%) <0.001
Destination
Australia - 199 (100.0%) 225 (100%) -
Cambodia 8 (2.2%) 7 (3.3%) 2 (1.0%)
China 39 (10.0%) 14 (7.3%) 17 (7.5%)
Hong Kong 60 (15.5%) 22 (11.1%) 16 (6.9%)
Indonesia 21 (5.6%) 4 (2.0%) 3 (1.3%)
Japan 4 (1.0%) 6 (3.2%) 6 (2.7%)
South Korea 0 (0.0%) 1 (0.6%) 6 (2.7%)
Laos 6 (1.5%) 3 (1.5%) 2 (1.0%)
Malaysia 51 (13.2%) 10 (5.2%) 16 (6.9%)
Philippines 13 (3.4%) 0 (0.0%) 6 (2.5%)
Singapore 119 (31.1%) 81 (40.7%) 38 (17.0%)
Thailand 90 (23.4%) 48 (23.9%) 18 (7.9%)
Vietnam 16 (4.3%) 5 (2.4%) 5 (2.2%)
India 5 (1.2%) 5 (2.4%) 9 (3.9%)
Europe 80 (20.7%) 52 (26.2%) 7 (3.3%)
New Zealand 4 (1.0%) 25 (12.5%) 4 (2.0%)
Other 53 (13.8%) 52 (26.1%) 9 (3.9%)

* Excludes travelers from other regions (n = 35).

† Other Western travelers includes residents of New Zealand, North America and Europe.

‡ 70.7% of Australian VFR travels were foreign-born Australians.

Multiple destinations reported.

Heywood et al.

Heywood et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:321   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-321

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