International Tourism June 2023

The International Visitor Survey (IVS) monthly snapshots estimate tourism activity in the related month. We also produce quarterly and annual international tourism results.

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Spend in Australia

$1.9 billion | 99% of pre-COVID levels

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Number of trips

492,000 | 83% of pre-COVID levels

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Nights spent in Australia

17.8 million | 94% of pre-COVID levels

Notes on the data

  • This report compares the month of June 2023 with the pre-pandemic month of June 2019. 
  • Spend in Australia is different to total spend. Total spend includes purchases made overseas such as: 
    • international connections and stopovers (including airfares)
    • other pre-travel or post-travel spend in the source market or elsewhere outside Australia such as luggage, visas, duty-free retail and ground transport.
  • Unless stated otherwise, spend is reported as spend in Australia. This standard is developed using the United Nations Statistics Commission's International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008. This defines inbound expenditure as only expenditure in the economy of reference.

Key results

The number of international visitors to Australia continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. There were 492,000 trips to Australia in the month of June 2023. 

The top 3 main reasons for travel to Australia in the month of June 2023 were:

  • Holiday travel with 189,000 trips. 
    • This was 70% of pre-COVID levels. 
    • Spend was $591 million, 92% of pre-COVID levels.
  • Visiting friends and relatives with 184,000 trips. 
    • This was on par with pre-COVID levels. 
    • Spend was $317 million, 18 per cent higher than pre-COVID levels
  • Business travel with 58,000 trips.
    • This was 74% of pre-COVID levels. 
    • Spend was $165 million, 7 per cent higher than pre-COVID levels.

Spend by international students accounted for 34% or $649 million of the total monthly international visitor spend.

Top 5 international visitor markets

Australia’s top 5 international markets in the month of June 2023 were:

  • New Zealand with 98,000 trips.
    • This was 97% of pre-COVID levels. 
    • Spend was $178 million, 41% greater than pre-COVID levels. 
  • United States of America with 43,000 trips.
    • This was 79% of pre-COVID levels. 
    • Spend was $159 million, 15% greater than pre-COVID levels.
  • China with 36,000 trips.
    • This was 47% of pre-COVID levels. 
    • Spend was $298 million, 55% of pre-COVID levels. 
  • India with 35,000 trips
    • This was 8% greater than pre-COVID levels. 
    • Spend was $121 million, 66% greater than pre-COVID levels.
  • Singapore with 34,000 trips.
    • This was 73% of pre-COVID levels. Spend was $107 million, 95% of pre-COVID levels. 

Regional and capital city visitors and spend

In June 2023, international visitors made 453,000 trips to Australia’s capital cities.

  • This was 81% of pre-COVID levels. 
  • Spend was $1.6 billion, 99% of pre-COVID levels.

In June 2023, international visitors made 145,000 trips to Australia’s regional areas.

  • This was 80% of pre-COVID levels. 
  • Spend was $306 million, 1 per cent higher than pre-COVID levels. 

Total spend

Total spend in June 2023 was $2.9 billion. This was 7% higher than June 2019 levels. 

Total spend includes purchases made overseas such as: 

  • international connections and stopovers (including airfares) 
  • other pre-travel or post-travel spend in the source market or elsewhere outside Australia such as luggage, visas, duty-free retail and ground transport.

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