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- International visitation data
- International tourism summaries
The Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy's (TEVE) international research data includes:
- the latest International Visitors Survey results for Victoria by campaign region and by country of origin, including visitors, nights and expenditure
- future visitation forecasts
- international tourism summaries providing the latest tourism data by market including information on visitor numbers, nights and expenditure, purpose of visit, trends, growth and market share, regional dispersal, repeat visitation, visitor forecasts and aviation share data.
Other international research
Research on Visiting Friends and relatives (VFR) in Victoria, focusing on the Chinese and Indian markets, was released on 29 June 2017 and can be found on the Tourism Research Australia website.
International Visitor Survey results, year ending December 2017 key findings:
- International visitors to Victoria spent $7.7 billion in the year ending December 2017, representing year-on-year growth of 10.6%. Growth was ahead of the national average (+9.0%), New South Wales (+9.5%) and Queensland (+3.6%). Victoria also experienced year-on-year growth in international visitors to reach 2.9 million (+8.1%), ahead of the national average growth rate (+6.5%), New South Wales (+7.4%) and Queensland (+4.3%). Visitor nights grew to reach 66.2 million (+5.2%), ahead of the national average growth rate (+4.8%) and Queensland (+2.4%), but behind New South Wales (+7.9%).
- Melbourne experienced year-on-year growth in international spend (+10.7%), visitors (+8.2%) and nights (+4.5%), outperforming the national capital city average for both spend and visitors, but below for visitor nights. Growth in spend for Melbourne (+10.7%) was ahead of the national cities average (+9.3%), Sydney (+8.5%) and the Gold Coast (+2.1%), but below Brisbane (+11.4%).
- International overnight expenditure in regional Victoria increased by 9.8% year-on-year to reach $531 million. International visitors increased by 6.7% to 531,300 in the year ending December 2017. International visitor nights in regional Victoria also increased by 11.1% compared to the previous year to reach 8.0 million. Regional Victoria growth rates were above the national regional average growth rates: spend (+2.3%), visitors (+4.0%) and nights (+3.3%).
- International visitor expenditure growth in Victoria was positive for the Business (+23.0%), Education (+15.9%), Holiday (+6.4%) and Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) (+2.3%) purpose segments for the year ending December 2017. Expenditure by international Education visitors comprised the largest share of international visitor spend in Victoria (43%), followed by Holiday (26%), VFR (17%) and Business (8%). Education visitors from markets including India and China increased strongly (+36.6% and +23.8% respectively), with growth in Business visitors from these markets also strong. Note that Education visitors recorded in the IVS are defined as having stayed in Australia for less than 12 months.
- There was growth in spend in Victoria for Eastern markets, however declines were noted from key Western markets. Double digit increases in spend were recorded from Indian (+22.3%) and Chinese (+13.9%) visitors. Other markets to grow strongly included Japan (+37.8%), Hong Kong (+16.6%), Korea (+12.4%), Singapore (+11.5%) and Malaysia (+11.1%), while the UK (-10.5%), USA (-6.0%) and New Zealand (-3.0%) experienced declines.
Next release: Tourism Research Australia (TRA) has advised that due to unforeseen circumstances, the March Quarter 2018 International Visitor Survey (IVS) results will not be released on 6 June 2018, as scheduled.
TRA are investigating concerns with the passenger data used for benchmarking the survey results. TRA will advise of the new release date once the investigation is complete.
How many international travellers visit Victoria, where do they come from and how much do they spend?
- International Visitor Survey Infographic year ending December 2017 (PDF 349.03 KB)
- International visitation and expenditure year ending December 2017 (XLSX 890.04 KB)
How many international travellers will visit Victoria in the future?
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Tourism Australia produces a range of information on international visitation research and market intelligence including market segmentation studies, visitor profiles and aviation information.
Last updated 12 December 2017
Other international research
Research on Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) in Victoria, focusing on the Chinese and Indian markets, was released on 29 June 2017 and can be found on the Tourism Research Australia website.
The research explores the motivations, behaviours and influences of these visitors and their hosts. Insights and opportunities are included in the executive summary and infographics with a comprehensive report available upon request.
International tourism summaries
These documents provide a summary of the latest tourism data for visitors from different international markets to Victoria.
- visitor numbers
- nights and expenditure
- trends, growth and market share
- purpose of visit
- regional dispersal and places visited
- repeat visitation
- related aviation shares.