International Visitors in Australia: September 2012 Quarterly Results of the International Visitor Survey
Release: 05 Dec 2012
This report contains results from the International Visitor Survey for the September quarter 2012, including information on the travel behaviour of international visitors at a state/territory and national level.
All visitors - Year ended 30 September 2012
A person is an international visitor when they travel from overseas to Australia and stay for a period of less than twelve months.
Total international visitors
- There were 5.6 million international visitors to Australia, an increase of 3% compared to the year ending September 2011.
- International visitors spent 203 million nights in Australia, up 6% compared to the year ending September 2011.
- New Zealand was the largest source of visitors (1,090,896), followed by the China (573,071), United Kingdom (558,149) and USA (443,256).
- Over half of international visitors visited New South Wales (51%), followed by Queensland (35%) and Victoria (32%).
State/territory visitor nights
- International visitors spent a third of their nights in New South Wales (33%), followed by Victoria (22%) and Queensland (21%).
- The majority of international visitors arrived in Australia on a holiday (44%), followed by those visiting friends and relatives (25%), and those travelling for business (16%).
- Most international visitors were on a return trip to Australia (63%).
- Inclusive package travellers accounted for 14% of international visitors, while group tour travellers accounted for 8% of international visitors.