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Number of international visitors to Australia 2020, by country of residence

In the year ending June 2020, there were around 929,000 visitors to Australia that were residents of New Zealand. There were almost as many visitors from China at just over 800,000. These numbers represent a significant decrease on the previous year, due to coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions beginning in early 2020. Elsewhere, there were just over 500,000 visitors that were residing in the United Kingdom, making it the European country with the highest number of visitors to Australia.

Why do people visit Australia?

In 2017, most visitors to Australia were there for recreation. Just under four million visited for a holiday, and a little over two million travelled to the country to visit friends or relatives.

How much do international visitors spend when in Australia?

In total, those who visited the country for a holiday spent around 16.5 million Australian dollars. Visitors who travelled to see friends and relatives spent less at around 7.5 million Australian dollars in total, although this is likely attributable to reduced accommodation costs. The second highest spenders were visitors who went to Australia for education; they spent approximately 12.6 million AUD.

Average trip expenditure increased significantly in 2018 to over five thousand Australian dollars, an increase of around 1,500 AUD per trip from the previous year. Overall trip expenditure in the same year contributed about 44 billion Australian dollars into the country’s economy, although this dropped to around 30 billion AUD the following year.

Number of international visitors to Australia in the year ending June 2020, by country of residence

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Release date

October 2020



Survey time period

Year ending June 2020

Supplementary notes

Estimates are for international visitors aged 15 years or older.
Figures have been rounded.

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