Latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) results

Year Ending June 2018

Please note that the International Visitor Survey (IVS) results for the June quarter 2018 are preliminary and do not contain any data relating to purpose of visit as there have been issues with the quality of the passenger data supplied to TRA by the Department of Home Affairs – please see International Visitor Survey methodology for further information.

Note that there are no issues with the survey collection. Work is currently in progress to resolve these issues and it is likely that a back cast of TRA data will be required. TRA will release revised estimates once a solution has been implemented.


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8.4 million increase 6%


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270 million increase 1%


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$42.5 billion increase 4%

Key findings

  • China continued to underpin growth in visitation with an increase in visitors (up 13%) and spend (up 15%). China also accounted for 81% of the growth in spend for the year. Trip spend from China was more than three times that of the US.
  • The US and Japan saw steady growth in visitation – up 5% to 742,000 and 4% to 408,000, respectively. US spend dropped slightly (down 3%) to $3.7 billion, while trip spend from Japan was almost unchanged at $1.8 billion (up 1%).
  • New Zealand and the UK recorded small increases in the number of visitor arrivals with 1.2 million (up 1%) and 698,000 (up 2%), respectively. Both, however, recorded a decline in trip spend with New Zealand down 4% to $2.5 billion and the UK down 1% to $3.5 billion.
  • India continues to be the fastest growing market in percentage terms, with visitor numbers up 21% to a record 314,000, and trip spend up 5% to a record $1.5 billion.

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