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International Visitors in Australia: June 2012 Quarterly Results of the International Visitor Survey
Release: 6/06/2012

This report contains results from the International Visitor Survey for the June quarter 2012, including information on the travel behaviour of international visitors at a state/territory and national level.

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Total visitors
 During the year ended 30 September 2012, there were 5,599,797 visitors to Australia aged 15 years and over. This was a increase of 3% from the year ended 30 September 2011.
Reason The main reasons for visitors coming to Australia were:
Holiday  2,458,322  44%
Visiting friends and relatives  1,403,330  25%
Business  908,229  16%
Education  363,108  6%
Employment  219,570  4%
Other  247,237  4%

Source New Zealand was the largest source of visitors during the period (1,090,896), followed by the China (573,071), United Kingdom  (558,149) and USA (443,256).
Expenditure The average trip expenditure in Australia per international visitor was $3,341, while the average nightly expenditure was $92. Total expenditure in Australia for the year ended 30 September 2012 ($18.7 billion) increased 4% from the year ended 30 September 2011.
Nights A total of 203 million visitor nights were spent in Australia, an increase of 6% compared with the year ended 30 September 2011.
Return visits Of all visitors to Australia, 63% had visited before.
Tours Inclusive package travellers accounted for 14% of all visitors to Australia, while those arriving on group tours accounted for 8% of all visitor arrivals.
States Of all visitors to Australia during the period, 51% visited New South Wales, 35% visited Queensland and 32% visited Victoria.
New South Wales recorded the largest share of visitor nights (33%), followed by Victoria (22%) and Queensland (21%).