Latest National Visitor Survey (NVS) results

Year Ending June 2019

New NVS methodology, 2019

Tourism Research Australia has transitioned NVS sampling to 100% mobile phone interviews (from 50% mobile phone/50% landline) to reflect current phone usage trends. The change in methodology has seen a break in series, so please use caution when comparing 2019 results with previous time periods.

Note that 2017 and 2018 estimates have been revised to align with the latest release of ABS population projections and will differ slightly from previously published estimates.

For further information, see NVS Methodology.

Overnight Visitors

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113 million increase 12%

Nights

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400 million increase 10%

Overnight Spend

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$77.5 billion increase 15%

Key findings

  • Domestic overnight travel continued to perform well over the year ending June 2019, with 113 million visitors spending a record $77.5 billion.
  • Gen X and a good proportion of millennials were the biggest tourism spenders during the year June 2019. Australians aged 30–54 years spent $809 per person on average per trip compared with $666 for older and $471 for younger travellers.
  • Young travellers saved on their travel expenses by staying with friends and relatives more often (49% compared with 36% for other travellers).
  • With its proximity to Australia, almost half (48%) of all outbound trips during the year ending March 2019 were to Asia, up from 42% ten years earlier.
  • Japan has been the fastest growing overseas destination with visitor numbers more than doubling to 416,000 over the past five years. 

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