State Tourism Satellite Account 2019–20

Tourism consumption

All states and territories experienced falls in consumption due to COVID-19. Nationally, consumption fell by 19%, or $29.5 billion. This is in contrast to average annual growth of 5% per year in the decade prior to COVID-19.

Falls in consumption:

  • New South Wales (NSW) – down $9.6 billion or 20% (from $46.7 billion to $37.1 billion)
  • Victoria (Vic) – down $7.1 billion or 20% (from $36.3 billion to $29.2 billion)
  • Queensland (Qld) – down $6.7 billion or 19% (from $34.7 billion to $28.1 billion)
  • Western Australia (WA) – down $2.2 billion or 14% (from $15.1 billion to $13.0 billion)
  • South Australia (SA) – down $1.4 billion or 16% (from $9.0 billion to $7.6 billion)
  • Northern Territory (NT) – down $871 million or 28% (from $3.2 billion to $2.3 billion)
  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – down $867 million or 28% (from $3.1 billion to $2.2 billion)
  • Tasmania (Tas) – down $818 million or 18% (from $4.5 billion to $3.7 billion).

Falls in consumption were recorded across all categories of travel:

  • day trips
  • domestic overnight
  • international.

For states and territories, the main causes were declines in:

  • overnight spend for Qld, Tas and WA
  • interstate spend for ACT and SA
  • intrastate and international spend for NSW and Vic
  • intrastate and interstate spend for NT.