National Visitor Survey MONTHLY Snapshot

July 2021

Our monthly snapshots make it easier to monitor changes in Australian tourism activity. You can:

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We have compared this month’s results with July 2019 rather than July 2020. In July 2020, Australians:

  • took 6.0 million overnight trips (down 39%)
  • spent $3.4 billion (down 52%).

This was a large deviation from the usual pre-pandemic levels.

Overnight spend


July 2021

$4.1 billion

Down 43% on July 2019

Overnight trips


July 2021

4.9 million

Down 49% on July 2019

Nights spent on trip


July 2021

22.7 million

Down 38% on July 2019

Domestic tourism July 2021

COVID-19 continues to affect Australia’s domestic tourism market. Results declined in July 2021 after months of gradual recovery in domestic travel.

A rise in COVID-19 Delta variant clusters led to widespread lockdowns and border restrictions expanding across the country. These included increased restrictions in Greater Sydney. Statewide lockdowns in Victoria and South Australia followed later in the month.

In July 2021:

  • Overnight spend was down 43% or $3.1 billion on July 2019.
  • Spend declined most in the Australian Capital Territory (down 81%), New South Wales (down 77%), Victoria (down 49%) and South Australia (down 46%).
  • Interstate travel was more affected than intrastate travel due to border closures. Interstate overnight trips were down 75% on July 2019. Spend was down 61% ($2.5 billion) to $1.7 billion.
  • Intrastate overnight trips were down a lesser 36% on July 2019. Spend was down 18% ($539 million) to $2.4 billion.
  • Intrastate overnight trips contributed 60% to total spend. This was up from 41% in July 2019.

Results for August and September are likely to worsen as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread.

Overnight trips and spend

In July 2021, Australians:

  • took 4.9 million overnight trips
  • spent $4.1 billion
  • stayed 22.7 million nights.

Compared to pre-COVID July 2019, this was a:

  • 49% fall in overnight trips
  • 43% fall in spend
  • 38% fall in nights stayed.

Domestic day trips

Australians took 9.8 million day trips and spent $1.0 billion in July 2021.

Compared to pre-COVID July 2019, this was a:

  • 55% fall in day trips
  • 56% fall in spend.

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The trip rate for October 2021 tells us 12.48% of NVS respondents interviewed in weeks 1 and 2 reported taking one or more overnight trips in the preceding 28 days (the reference period). The return date will have been in September for some of these trips.

 

The trip estimate of 4.9 million for the month of July refers to overnight trips returned from in that month.

 

Regional and capital city visitors and spend

Regional areas continue to fare better than capital cities.

Capital cities

In July 2021, Australians:

  • took 1.4 million overnight trips to capital cities
  • spent $1.2 billion.

Compared to pre-COVID July 2019, this was a:

  • 67% fall in overnight trips
  • 66% fall in spend.

Regional areas

In contrast, Australians:

  • took 3.8 million overnight trips to regional areas
  • spent $2.9 billion.

Compared to pre-COVID July 2019, this was a:

  • 38% fall in overnight trips
  • 22% fall in spend.

National Visitor Survey results monthly data tables

NVS results monthly data tables

Monthly data for overnight and day travel by state and territory

https://www.tra.gov.au/ArticleDocuments/185/NVS_Monthly_Domestic_Overnight_July_2021.xlsx.aspx

Monthly data for overnight and day travel by state and territory as compared to June 2019

https://www.tra.gov.au/ArticleDocuments/185/NVS_Monthly_Domestic_Overnight_July_2021_2019_comparison.xlsx.aspx

 

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