National Visitor Survey results March 2021

Year ending March 2021

Our National Visitor Survey (NVS) results provide statistics on how Australian residents travel within Australia. You can find national, state and territory results for the:

  • number of trips taken
  • number of nights spent on a trip
  • amount spent on a trip.

You can also:

  • read about the factors influencing travel within Australia
  • see the changes compared over various timeframes impacted by bushfires and Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Annual snapshot

Overnight spend

Year ending March 2021
$45.7 billion
Down 42%

Overnight trips

Year ending March 2021
72.8 million
Down 35%

Nights on trip

Year ending March 2021
281.1 million
Down 31%

Quarterly snapshot

Overnight spend

March quarter 2021
$17.9 billion
No change

Overnight trips

March quarter 2021
24.6 million
Up 1%

Nights on trip

March quarter 2021
102.1 million
Up 6%

Key results

Domestic trips and spend

For the year ending March 2021:

  • domestic overnight trips fell 35% to 72.8 million.
  • spend fell 42% or $33.1 billion to $45.7 billion.

For the March quarter 2021:

  • Overnight trips were up 1% to 24.6 million on March quarter 2020. Spend was unchanged at $17.9 billion.
  • Intrastate travel continued to drive recovery. Intrastate overnight trips were up 13% to 19.3 million. Spend was 30% higher at $11.3 billion, as visitors took longer trips.
  • Regional areas continued to fare better than capital cities. Overnight trips to regional Australia were up 12% to 17.8 million. Spend was up 23% to $12.0 billion.
  • Australians enjoyed holidaying domestically. Overnight holiday trips were up 19% to 12.1 million. Spend was up 13% to $11.1 billion.

Total tourism

Total domestic and international tourism losses were $82.9 billion for the year ending March 2021. These losses comprised:

  • $33.1 billion for domestic overnight travel.
  • $9.1 billion for domestic day trips.
  • $40.7 billion for international travel.

Download the report

National Visitor Survey results March 2021 (PDF file icon PDF 200KB) | (Word file icon Word 458KB).

Explore overnight trips data

Interact with our data for domestic overnight trips for year ending March 2021. You can view the data by:

  • state or territory
  • capital city or region
  • interstate and intrastate trips
  • accommodation type
  • reason for travel.

Data tables

National Visitor Survey results data tables

See all the NVS results by location and theme for the year ending March 2021

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