Record domestic travel growth as more Aussies choose to holiday in their own backyard

 Wednesday, June 21, 2017 


TTFAustralia’s domestic visitor economy continues to set new records with the latest figures for 2017 revealing strong growth in overnight trips, nights and expenditure.

The National Visitor Survey released today by Tourism Research Australia has confirmed that in the year ending March 2017 there were 91.7 million overnights trips (up three per cent), 335.5 million visitor nights (up four per cent) and $61.7 billion in overnight expenditure (up six per cent).

Tourism & Transport Forum Chief Executive, Margy Osmond, said the latest data shows that the nation’s visitor economy continues to go from strength to strength with more Australians choosing to explore the beauty and attractions of their island continent than ever before.

“With each set of data coming out it is becoming more and more apparent that the visitor economy is the Australian economy’s great success story,” Ms Osmond said.

“The staggering growth we are seeing reflects the increasing number of Australians who are choosing to pass on an overseas holiday in favour of experiencing the wonders of their own backyard.

“The data also shows that there is a real shift towards people heading interstate for their holidays instead of simply just heading down the coast for a few days, for example.”

Ms Osmond said NSW continues to lead the charge with $16.17 billion in overnight visitor expenditure, followed closely by Queensland ($15.3 billion) and Victoria ($12.7 billion).

“The ACT has recorded double digit growth (16 per cent) while Tasmania has seen a staggering 30 per cent rise, which is testament to the value of our state-based tourism bodies and their campaigns to encourage more Australians to holiday at home.

“South Australia ($3.9 billion) and the Northern Territory ($1.9 billion) continue to perform strongly, despite the NT seeing a seven per cent decrease in overnight trips.

“Western Australia has unfortunately seen a five per cent decline in visitors and a two per cent decrease in expenditure, which may be the result of fewer business trips to the state as the mining economy continues to cool.”

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