International visitors to Australia
International visitors to Australia spent around eight billion Australian dollars more in 2022 compared to the previous year, showing signs of recovery in expenditure. Additionally, the number of international arrivals was approximately one million. While this does not represent a significant number compared to pre-pandemic levels, this figure shows that international visitors are slowly but surely returning to Australia following the lifting of travel bans. Both of these data points hint toward solid industry recovery as the pandemic wanes.
As was the case globally, the COVID-19 pandemic substantially affected Australian tourism due to border closures and flight groundings associated with the spread of the coronavirus. This was reflected in consumer travel intention; whilst overall intention to travel decreased by 30 percent (compared to usual annual travel plans), domestic travel within an individual’s state or within the rest of Australia increased compared to the preceding year. In a survey conducted in November 2022, travel abroad intentions jumped, with around 46 percent of Australians planning to take more holidays in 2023 than in the previous year.