International Visitors in Australia: December 2012 Quarterly Results of the International Visitor Survey
This report contains results from the International Visitor Survey for the December quarter 2012, including information on the travel behaviour of international visitors at a state/territory and national level.
Total international visitors
There were 5.7 million international visitors to Australia, an increase of 5% compared to 2011.
International visitors spent 206 million nights in Australia, up 6% compared to 2011.
New Zealand was the largest source of visitors (1,093,224), followed by China (592,169), United Kingdom (560,437) and USA (452,765).
Over half of international visitors visited New South Wales (51%), followed by Queensland (35%) and Victoria (32%).
State/territory visitor nights
International visitors spent a third of their nights in New South Wales (33%), followed by Victoria (22%) and Queensland (21%).
The majority of international visitors arrived in Australia on a holiday (44%), followed by those visiting friends and relatives (25%), and those travelling for business (16%).
Most international visitors were on a return trip to Australia (63%).
Inclusive package travellers accounted for 14% of international visitors, while group tour travellers accounted for 8% of international visitors.
International visitors spent a total of $18.9 billion, an increase of 4% compared to 2011. The average spend per international visitor trip was $3,316.
Image: Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Courtesy of John White/South Australian Tourism Commission.