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Staycations’ roar ahead as Aussies holiday at home

March 28, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

More Australians are choosing to holiday in their own country, enjoying the natural beauties and wonders Australia has to offer – and helping set new tourism records.

An increase in overnight trips by Australians has seen spending by domestic tourists increase 6% to a record AUD 64.5 billion in 2017, new data released this morning shows.

Combined with the record AUD 41.3 billion spent by international tourists during the same period, total tourism spending has reached a new record of almost AUD 106 billion, up 6% on the previous year.

This record spending by tourists is driving economic growth and helping create new jobs across the country.

The good news is revealed in the National Visitor Survey, released today.

It shows domestic overnight trips reached 97 million, up 7%, and nights hit 351 million, up 5%, during the year. This saw record participation in outdoor activities such as:

  • A visit to a national park or state park, up 14 per cent to 11.2 million,
  • Bushwalking or rainforests walks, up 14 per cent to 11.8 million,
  • Water activities/sports, up 20 per cent to 3.6 million,
  • Attendance at an organised sporting event, up 11 per cent to 3.9 million,
  • Snow skiing, up 37 per cent to 603,000,
  • A visit to an Indigenous site or community, up 22 per cent to 465,000.

Australian Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo said it was “great to see Aussies are getting out and enjoying our beautiful country. Holidaying at home supports our economy and local jobs.”

Across the country, more tourists are visiting and they’re staying longer and spending more. Almost all states and territories are enjoying record growth.

“More tourists mean more jobs, which is why the Turnbull Government continues to provide record funding for Tourism Australia,” Ciobo added.

International and National Visitor Survey Results

Visitors 3 year change Spending 3 year change Visitor nights 3 year change
(‘000) (%) ($m) (%) (‘000) (%)
*Three year change is December 2014 – December 2017
24465 12% 21120 17% 139617 13%
35733 20% 29068 32% 194511 20%
New South Wales
27349 24% 21301 32% 136661 25%
2997 23% 2131 22% 12290 17%
2987 21% 2792 28% 16207 22%
6799 11% 5011 16% 33895 19%
South Australia
1861 6% 2259 -1% 13725 3%
10550 0% 9198 -6% 68679 -5%

 Edited by Peter Needham

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