Travel and Tourism Australia – Statistics and Facts

The travel and tourism industry is one of the largest industries in Australia, making a direct contribution of 49.7 billion Australian dollars to the GDP in 2017. In the financial year 2017, the GDP from tourism increased by 6.1 percent, marking the third year in succession that tourism growth has exceeded the national rate of economic growth. Over the last three years, tourism GDP has increased by 23 percent, compared to a ten percent increase for the Australian economy as a whole. Around 600 thousand people are directly employed in the tourism sector in 2017, however, the total tourism employment in Australia was exceeding 900 thousand people that year.

There were over 8.1 million international visitors to Australia in 2017, most of them travelling through Australia for a leisure holiday. New South Wales was the most popular state to visit for international tourists, counting by far the highest visitor number, followed by Victoria and Queensland. The highest increase in visitors was monitored for Chinese visitors, with 22 percent more visitors in 2016 compared to the previous year. The total trip expenditure of international tourists in Australia in 2017 reached over 41.3 million Australian dollars, with visitors spending on average 3.5 thousand Australian dollars during their trip.

Nonetheless, since Australia offers a large diversity of different landscapes, reaching from swamps with a huge variety of unique animals to desserts and rocky cliffs, travelling within the country is also very popular among Australian residents. The domestic visitor trip expenditure in 2017 reached around 62.6 billion Australian dollars and was exceeding the trip expenditure of international tourists. The choice of travel destinations is the same for domestic visitors as for international visitors with New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland being the most popular regions for domestic tourists in 2017. Despite the size of the country, driving remains the most common mode of transportation for domestic tourists travelling through the country. Nevertheless, due to the size of the country, airplanes remain an important mode of transportation. Check out this infographic on the world's busiest air routes to compare the number of departures of the most popular domestic air routes in Australia with other extremely frequent air routes.

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