International Visitor Survey results June 2021

Year ending June 2021

COVID-19 has had a large impact on international travel to Australia in the past year. Our data shows the effects of this on Australia’s tourism industry.

You can:

  • read about the factors influencing international travel to Australia.
  • see the changes compared over the various timeframes impacted by bushfires and COVID-19.

Note: As the results for the year ending June 2020 were a large deviation from pre-pandemic levels, the summary results are compared to the year ending June 2019 (pre-COVID-19).

Quarterly snapshot

International visitor spend

Year ending June 2021
$1.3 billion
Down 97.1%

International visitors

Year ending June 2021
Down 98.4%

Visitor nights

Year ending June 2021
9.6 million
Down 96.5%

Key results

Key results for the year ending June 2021 include:

  • international visitor numbers fell by 98.4% to 138,438
  • international visitor spend was down 97.1% to $1.3 billion
  • visitor nights were down 96.5% to 9.6 million

Australia’s top 5 markets

Australia’s top 5 international visitor markets saw large losses:

  • Chinese visitor numbers fell 99.8%. This was a loss of 1.3 million visitors. Spend fell 99.4% or $11.8 billion.
  • New Zealand visitor numbers fell 93.9%. This was a loss of 1.2 million visitors. Spend fell 86.8% or $2.2 billion. New Zealand saw the smallest losses of all markets. This was due to a trans-Tasman bubble opening between the two countries during the June quarter 2021.
  • The United States of America visitor numbers fell 98.8%. This was a loss of 755,000 visitors. Spend fell 96.3% or $3.8 billion.
  • United Kingdom visitor numbers fell 98.9%. This was a loss of 666,000 visitors. Spend fell 96.5% or $3.3 billion.
  • Japanese visitor numbers fell 99.7%. This was a loss of 444,000 visitors. Spend fell 99.3% or $2.0 billion.

Tourism losses due to COVID-19 (March 2020 to June 2021)

Total international and domestic tourism losses since the start of the pandemic (March 2020) reached $101.7 billion.

International tourism saw losses of $51.3 billion overall for March 2020 to June 2021. This was due to international border closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the same period, there were further losses of:

  • $38.3 billion from domestic overnight travel
  • $12.1 billion from domestic day travel.

International Visitor Survey results data tables

NVS results monthly data tables

Monthly data for overnight and day travel by state and territory as compared to June 2020 - 2020 comparison.xlsx.aspx

Monthly data for overnight and day travel by state and territory as compared to June 2019 - 2019 comparison.xlsx.aspx

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Read the International Visitor Survey methodology.

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