Why did the poor travel so much to Australia?
Australia is a popular destination for wealthy travelers, but it’s not as popular for poorer travellers, a new study has found.
A new study, conducted by the University of New South Wales, has revealed that people with a median annual income of $25,000 were much more likely to travel to Australia than people with less money.
The study found that wealthy Australians who lived in Perth, Western Australia, spent $1,091 more on travel to the continent than those who did not.
“The poorer the person is, the more likely they are to be travelling to Australia,” Dr Michelle Wilson, lead author of the study, said.
“In contrast, the wealthier the person, the less likely they were to be visiting Australia.”
Dr Wilson said it was the poor who were most likely to make the journey.
“They’re actually more likely than the wealthy to be in a position to spend money on travel,” she said.
Dr Wilson was a researcher with the university’s Institute of Population Health and Global Health.
The findings have been published in the Australian Journal of Population, with a commentary by Professor Alan Gershon.
“There’s a wealth of research showing that poor people are less likely to visit Australia than wealthier people,” Professor Gershon said.
“And while we know from other research that wealthier Australians are more likely spend money in Australia, this is not the case for poorer Australians.”
We found a very strong correlation between the income of a person and the number of trips they made to Australia.
“This suggests that wealthy people are spending less money on trips to Australia.”
Professor Gershim said the findings were not new.
“It’s the first time we’ve looked at it in this way,” he said.
While poor Australians were more likely not to visit the continent, they were more than twice as likely to spend more than $1.4 million on travel.
Dr Gershin said the study was the first to investigate travel by the poor, and there was an increasing number of studies of the poor and wealthy that showed this trend was increasing.
“When it comes to travel, the rich tend to be more active in travel and they’re spending a lot more,” he noted.
“So it’s quite surprising to see that poorer people are just as likely as the rich to be making a very, very high-cost trip to Australia for reasons other than financial necessity.”
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