National Visitor Survey MONTHLY Snapshot

November 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have a significant impact on Australia’s domestic tourism market. Our monthly snapshots make it easier to monitor changes in tourism activity in your state or territory and nationally. You can:

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  • compare results for the previous month and year

Overnight spend

November 2020

$4.3 billion

Down 34% on November 2019

Overnight trips

November 2020

7.0 million

Down 26% on November 2019

Nights spent on trip

November 2020

24.1 million

Down 26% on November 2019

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.
Change in domestic overnight trips and spend by state, January to November 2020
Change in domestic overnight trips and spend by state, January to November 2020
Change in domestic overnight trips and spend by month, Australia
Change in domestic overnight trips and spend by month, Australia

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%).

Data tables

NVS results monthly data tables

See the monthly data for overnight and day travel by state and territory


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