Domestic tourism January to November 2020
Domestic overnight travel continued to be affected by COVID-19 in November 2020.
- Visitor numbers and spend softened in November compared to October. This applied to all states and territories except for Victoria.
- The fall in tourism activity is usual for November. This is due to school holidays occurring in October, and the peak Christmas and New Year holiday period beginning in December.
- Early data shows there may be further improvement nationally for the rest of 2020 and start of 2021. This is despite the effects of Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak leading into Christmas.
Domestic overnight spend
- Domestic overnight tourism saw losses of $34.0 billion (down 46%) since the start of 2020 to the end of November. This was due to the impacts of bushfires and COVID-19.
- Interstate travel accounted for $28.3 billion or 83% of the total loss in domestic overnight spend.
Domestic day trip spend
- Domestic day trips saw further losses of $8.6 billion (down 36%) since the start of 2020. This brings total domestic losses to $42.6 billion (down 43%) compared to 2019.
Overnight trips and spend November 2020
- Overnight trips fell 26% to 7 million and spend fell 34% to $4.3 billion. This was a loss of $2.2 billion from November 2019. These are the smallest monthly declines recorded since the start of the pandemic.
- The end of Victoria’s lockdown saw 1.4 million overnight visitors to the state in November who spent $536 million. This was more than double the numbers seen in October.
- Interstate trips fell 69% and spend fell 74% in November 2020.
Regional visitors and spend November 2020
November results show that regional areas continued to fare better than capital cities.
- Capital cities saw domestic overnight visitors fall by 2.2 million or 53%. This resulted in losses of $2.2 billion in spend (down 64%).
- Regional Australia, however, recorded much smaller losses. Visitors were down by 450,000 or 8%, and spend fell by only $35 million or 1%. The contrast between capital cities and regional areas was most apparent in New South Wales.
- Overnight spend in Sydney fell 71% and visitors fell 57%.
- The number of overnight visitors to regional New South Wales were similar to those in November 2019. The number of nights that they stayed increased by 8% and spend increased 30% on November 2019.
Overall, capital cities suffered a $22.2 billion loss in spend (down by 62%) for the year to November. The losses for regional Australia were around half of that at $11.8 billion (down by 31%).
NVS results monthly data tables
See the monthly data for overnight and day travel by state and territory