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Travel and tourism industry in Australia - statistics & facts

The travel and tourism industry is one of the largest industries in Australia, making a direct contribution of well over 50 billion Australian dollars to GDP in recent years. In the financial year 2019, the GDP from tourism increased by 6.6 percent, representing an ongoing trend of year on year tourism growth. Over 650,000 people were directly employed in the tourism sector in 2019 and the outlook for future growth in the industry looked good. However, in 2020 the COVID-19 virus delivered an unforeseen blow to growth in the travel industry, causing disruptions to international and domestic travel and resulting in a massive decline in revenue across the industry which saw growth for the 2020 financial year plunging to -17.6 percent.

There were just over 6.2 million international visitors to Australia in 2020, down from over eight million in the previous year. The majority of visitors to Australia come for the purpose of a leisure holiday, with New South Wales being the most popular state to visit for international tourists. Kingsford Smith Airport is Australia’s largest, and is otherwise known as Sydney Airport, hosting by far the highest number of international visitors, followed by airports in Victoria and Queensland. Travelers from New Zealand and China are among the most common visitors to Australia, however visitors from India have shown significant growth in recent years. In 2020 the total trip expenditure of international tourists in Australia dropped from over 40 billion Australian dollars to just over 30 billion, although visitors were still willing to spend more on an average trip in 2020 than in 2019.

Australia’s large diversity of wildlife and landscapes, from rainforests to beaches and deserts, is popular with international and domestic visitors alike. Domestic visitor expenditure totaled almost 80 billion Australian dollars in 2019-2020, which exceeded the trip expenditure of international tourists. Domestic and international visitors do not differ greatly in their choice of destinations, with New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland being the most popular regions for domestic tourists. Despite the size of the country, driving remains the most common mode of transportation for domestic tourists travelling through the country. Nevertheless, air travel remains an important mode of transportation for longer and interstate trips.

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Travel and tourism industry in Australia - statistics & facts

The travel and tourism industry is one of the largest industries in Australia, making a direct contribution of well over 50 billion Australian dollars to GDP in recent years. In the financial year 2019, the GDP from tourism increased by 6.6 percent, representing an ongoing trend of year on year tourism growth. Over 650,000 people were directly employed in the tourism sector in 2019 and the outlook for future growth in the industry looked good. However, in 2020 the COVID-19 virus delivered an unforeseen blow to growth in the travel industry, causing disruptions to international and domestic travel and resulting in a massive decline in revenue across the industry which saw growth for the 2020 financial year plunging to -17.6 percent.

There were just over 6.2 million international visitors to Australia in 2020, down from over eight million in the previous year. The majority of visitors to Australia come for the purpose of a leisure holiday, with New South Wales being the most popular state to visit for international tourists. Kingsford Smith Airport is Australia’s largest, and is otherwise known as Sydney Airport, hosting by far the highest number of international visitors, followed by airports in Victoria and Queensland. Travelers from New Zealand and China are among the most common visitors to Australia, however visitors from India have shown significant growth in recent years. In 2020 the total trip expenditure of international tourists in Australia dropped from over 40 billion Australian dollars to just over 30 billion, although visitors were still willing to spend more on an average trip in 2020 than in 2019.

Australia’s large diversity of wildlife and landscapes, from rainforests to beaches and deserts, is popular with international and domestic visitors alike. Domestic visitor expenditure totaled almost 80 billion Australian dollars in 2019-2020, which exceeded the trip expenditure of international tourists. Domestic and international visitors do not differ greatly in their choice of destinations, with New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland being the most popular regions for domestic tourists. Despite the size of the country, driving remains the most common mode of transportation for domestic tourists travelling through the country. Nevertheless, air travel remains an important mode of transportation for longer and interstate trips.

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