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International Visitors in Australia: September 2012 Quarterly Results of the International Visitor Survey

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.

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Key Findings

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.

Visitor nights

    • 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).

State/territory visits

    • 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.


    • International visitors spent a total of $18.7 billion, an increase of 4% compared to the year ending September 2011. The average spend per international visitor trip was $3,341.