Domestic tourism January to October 2020
Domestic overnight travel continued to be affected by COVID-19 in October 2020. However, the impacts eased at the national level.
- Visitor numbers and spend reached levels not seen since February 2020 before the pandemic. This was due to increasing intrastate travel overall. School holidays were also a driver.
- Early national data suggests there may be further improvement at the end of 2020. However, the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney in the lead up to Christmas will have an impact.
Domestic overnight spend
- Domestic overnight tourism saw losses of $31.8 billion (down 47%) from the start of 2020 to the end of October. This was due to the impacts of bushfires and COVID-19.
- Interstate travel accounts for $25.5 billion or 80% of the total loss in domestic overnight spend.
Domestic day trip spend
- Domestic day trips saw further losses of $8.1 billion (down 37%) since the start of the year. This brings total domestic losses to $39.9 billion (down 45%) compared to 2019.
Overnight trips and spend October 2020
- Overnight trips fell 33% to 6.8 million and spend fell 39% to $4.8 billion. This was a loss of $3.0 billion from October 2019. These were the smallest monthly declines since the start of the pandemic.
- Interstate trips and spend declined 78% and 83% respectively in October 2020.
- In comparison, intrastate trips fell 7% but spend increased by 29%. This was most likely due to travellers taking longer trips on average in their home state over the school holidays.
- The strong intrastate results are due to increased spending in these states:
- New South Wales 28%
- Queensland 15%
- South Australia 19%
- Western Australia 36%
- Tasmania 28%
- Northern Territory 114%.
- Victoria, however, suffered a large decline in intrastate spend (down 73%) due to lockdown measures at the time.
Regional visitors and spend January to October 2020
October results show that regional areas continue to fare better than capital cities.
- Capital cities recorded substantial losses in visitors and spend for the year to October. Compared to the same period last year, spend was down by 61%, or $20.0 billion.
- In comparison, regional Australia saw a smaller loss of 33% or $11.8 billion in spend for the year to October.
Regional visitors and spend October 2020
While capital cities continued to record declines in domestic overnight spend, some regional areas recorded increases.
- Domestic overnight trip spend in Sydney fell 71% to $238 million. This is compared with an increase of 22% to $1.6 billion for regional New South Wales.
- Adelaide and Perth had losses in spend of 65% and 59% respectively. However, regional South Australia and Western Australia saw gains of 11% and 37% respectively.
NVS results monthly data tables
See the monthly data for overnight and day travel by state and territory