Australia's bureau of statistics has announced that the country saw a monthly increase in short-term visitor numbers in August.

Some 478,500 people enjoyed a short-term stay in Australia in the month, a four per cent increase on the previous month.

This is a welcome improvement for the country's tourism industry, following a one per cent drop in numbers in July.

South-east Asia appears to be one of Australia's major markets at the moment, with a 10.2 per cent increase in short-term visitors in August.

Travellers coming from north-west Europe rose by 1.4 per cent in number, while north-east Asia and Africa saw increases of 3.7 and 3.8 per cent respectively.

In terms of overall numbers however, New Zealand is the biggest supplier of short-term visitors to Australia, with a total of 95,800 people travelling to the country, a 6.7 per cent increase on July.

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