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IVS September 2013

International Visitors in Australia: September 2013 quarterly results of the International Visitor Survey
Release: 4/12/2013

This report contains results from the International Visitor Survey for the September quarter 2013, including information on the travel behaviour of international visitors at a state/territory and national level.

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Summary  Media release


Key Findings


Total international visitors (year ending 30 September 2013)

  • There were 5,889,197 international visitors to Australia, an increase of 5% compared to YE 30 September 2012.

Visitor nights

  • International visitors spent 212 million nights in Australia, up 4% compared to YE 30 September 2012.


  • New Zealand was the largest source of visitors (1,093,166), followed by China (676,445), United Kingdom (579,233) and USA (465,378).

State/territory visits

  • Over half of international visitors visited New South Wales (51%), followed by Queensland (35%) and Victoria (33%).

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 (45%), followed by those visiting friends and relatives (26%), and those travelling for business (15%).

Return visits

  • Most international visitors were on a return trip to Australia (62%).


  • Inclusive package travellers accounted for 15% of international visitors, while group tour travellers accounted for 9% of international visitors.


  • International visitors spent a total of $19.3 billion, an increase of 3% from YE 30 September 2012. The average spend per international visitor trip was $3,285.