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Year ending June 2022

The International Visitor Survey (IVS) results give statistics on how international visitors travel in Australia. You can find national, state and territory results for the:

  • number of trips taken
  • nights spent on a trip
  • total amount spent on a trip
  • amount spent in Australia.

You can also:

  • read about the factors influencing international travel to Australia
  • see the changes compared over different time frames impacted by COVID-19
  • read about the return of international visitors to Australia.

Annual snapshot

Spend in Australia

Year ending June 2022 | $7.5 billion | 24% of pre-COVID levels

Number of visitors

Year ending June 2022 | 1.1 million | 13% of pre-COVID levels

Nights spent in Australia

Year ending June 2022 | 80.7 million | 30% of pre-COVID levels

Total spend

Year ending June 2022 $9.7 billion 22% of pre-COVID levels

Notes on the data

  • We compared the summary results to the year ending June 2019 (pre-COVID period).
  • We have updated the January to March 2022 data. We did this to reflect changes in Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Overseas Arrivals and Departures data. You can find more information about this update on the ABS website.
  • Spend in Australia is different to total spend. Total spend includes purchases made overseas such as international airfares and package tours.

Visiting friends and relatives drives recovery

In the year ending June 2022, over half Australia’s visitors travelled to visit friends and relatives.

  • Visiting friends and relatives accounted for 55% or 613,000 visitors. In the year ending June 2019, this figure was 30%.
  • Holiday travel accounted for 17%, followed by business travel at 11%. Travel for employment was 6%.
  • Travellers visiting friends and relatives spent more money than other travellers. They spent $5.0 billion, $3.8 billion of which they spent in Australia. This represents 90% of pre-COVID levels of spend in Australia.

Top 5 international visitor markets

India’s first time in Top 5

India and Singapore have joined the top 5 international markets, India for the first time. China and Japan, however, have fallen out of the top 5.

Top 5 markets data

Australia’s top 5 international markets for the year ending June 2022 were:

  • New Zealand with 177,000 visitors.
    • This represents 14% of pre-COVID levels.
    • New Zealand visitors spent $509 million, which was 20% of pre-COVID levels.
  • India with 129,000 visitors.
    • This was 37% of pre-COVID levels.
    • Visitor spend was the highest of all visitor markets. This was $1.8 billion, 104% of pre-COVID levels.
  • United Kingdom with 124,000 visitors.
    • This was 18% of pre-COVID levels.
    • Visitor spend was $865 million, 26% of pre-COVID levels.
  • Singapore with 104,000 visitors.
    • This was 26% of pre-COVID levels.
    • Visitor spend was $553 million, 36% of pre-COVID levels.
  • United States of America with 91,000 visitors.
    • This was 12% of pre-COVID levels.
    • Visitor spend was $608 million, 15% of pre-COVID levels.

Data tables

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