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International Visitors in Australia: March 2013 Quarterly Results of the International Visitor Survey

International Visitors in Australia: March 2013 Quarterly Results of the International Visitor Survey
Release: 5/06/2013

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

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Key Findings


Total international visitors (year ending March 2013)

  • There were 5.8 million international visitors to Australia, an increase of 5% compared to 2012.

Visitor nights

  • International visitors spent 211 million nights in Australia, up 7% compared to 2011.

Source

  • New Zealand was the largest source of visitors (1,098,391), followed by China (620,197), United Kingdom (559,882) and USA (463,498).

State/territory visits

  • 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 Queensland (36%) and Victoria (32%).

Purpose

  • 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%).

Return visits

  • Most international visitors were on a return trip to Australia (63%).

Tours

  • Inclusive package travellers accounted for 14% of international visitors, while group tour travellers accounted for 9% of international visitors.

Expenditure

  • International visitors spent a total of $19.2 billion, an increase of 5% compared to 2011. The average spend per international visitor trip was $3,316.