National Visitor Survey MONTHLY Snapshot

April 2021

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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This month’s results are compared with April 2019 rather than April 2020. At the height of the pandemic in April 2020, Australians:

  • took only 1.6 million overnight trips (down 86% on April 2019)
  • spent only $666 million due to lockdown restrictions (down 91% on April 2019).

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

 

Overnight spend


April 2021

$8.2 billion

Up 7% on April 2019

Overnight trips


April 2021

10.1 million

Down 9% on April 2019

Nights spent on trip


April 2021

38.1 million

Down 6% on April 2019

Domestic tourism April 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have an impact on Australia’s domestic tourism market. However, the improvement of domestic travel in recent months continued in April. This was largely due to increased participation in Easter and school holiday travel occurring over this period.  

Results include:

  • April 2021 saw Australians take more overnight trips and spend more than in any month since the start of the pandemic.
  • Intrastate travel continued to contribute strongly to the recovery of domestic overnight tourism. Australians:
    • took 7.2 million intrastate overnight trips (up 16% on March 2021)
    • spent $4.1 billion (up 27% on March).
  • April saw the strongest interstate travel results since the start of the pandemic, with state borders largely open. Australians:
    • took 2.9 million interstate trips (up 33% on March)
    • spent $4.0 billion (45% more than the $2.8 billion in March).

Overnight trips and spend

Australians took 10.1 million overnight trips in April 2021. They stayed 38.1 million nights and spent $8.2 billion.

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

  • 9% fall in overnight trips
  • 6% fall in nights stayed
  • 7% increase in spend.

Domestic day trips

Australians took 17.4 million day trips and spent $1.9 billion in April 2021.

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

  • 17% fall in day trips
  • 14% fall in spend.

Hover on line over relevant month to show total figures.

The trip rate for June 2021 tells us 23.5% of NVS respondents interviewed in weeks 1, 2 and 3 reported taking one or more overnight trips in the preceding 28 days (the reference period).

The return date will have been in May for some of these trips. The trip estimate of 10.1 million for the month of April 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.

Australians took 3.4 million overnight trips to capital cities and spent $3.2 billion in April 2021.

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

  • 20% fall in overnight trips
  • 11% fall in spend.

In contrast, Australians took 7.2 million overnight trips to regional Australia and spent $5.0 billion in April 2021.

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

  • 2% fall in overnight trips
  • 22% increase in spend.

The increased spend for regional areas (compared to April 2019) was spread across most states. The self-drive holiday market was the leading reason for increased spend. These increases were strongest in:

  • regional South Australia – spend up 38%
  • regional New South Wales – spend up 32%
  • regional Victoria – spend up 31%.

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/NationalVisitorSurvey(NVS)MonthlyDomesticOvernightVisitationApril2021.xlsx.aspx

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

https://www.tra.gov.au/ArticleDocuments/185/NationalVisitorSurvey(NVS)MonthlyDomesticOvernightVisitationApril2021_2019comparison.xlsx.aspx

 

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