Notes on the National Visitor Survey (NVS) and International Visitor Survey (IVS) data
Destination NSW prepares several reports, snapshots, fact sheets and statistical tables based on Tourism Research Australia’s (TRA) International Visitor Survey (IVS) and National Visitor Survey (NVS) results.
The IVS interviews 40,000 departing short-term international travellers to Australia aged 15 years and over. The survey is conducted in the departure lounges of the eight major Australian international airports including Sydney airport. The NVS interviews 120,000 Australian residents aged 15 years and over. The survey is conducted through mobile phone and landline telephone interviewing.
As part of continuous improvement, TRA have made several revisions to the IVS and NVS data set through the years, the latest being the change in the NVS methodology from January 2014 and the revision in the IVS time series from January 2005.
Changes to passenger movement data has led TRA to revise IVS estimates in the year ended December 2018 release. The revisions focus on purpose-of-visit estimates, with minimal change to visitor, nights and spend estimates.
Care should be taken when comparing current NVS data with those prior to January 2014.
NSW State Visitor Statistics
NSW continues to be the number one State for total visitor nights, visitor numbers and visitor expenditure.
NSW Visitation Infographic December 2018 (PDF 310 kb)
Travel to NSW Snapshot December 2018 (PDF 353 kb)
Travel to NSW Snapshot archive:
Travel to NSW Time Series December 2018 (PDF 492 kb)
Travel to NSW Time Series archive:
Domestic Visitor Statistics
NSW Domestic Visitation Infographic December 2018 (PDF 311 kb)
Domestic Travel to NSW (NVS) Snapshot December 2018 (PDF 346 kb)
Latest domestic visitation to NSW. This report covers visitor nights, source markets, visitation to Regional NSW, purpose of visit, transport and accommodation statistics.
Domestic Travel to NSW (NVS) Snapshot archive:
Full National Visitor Survey (NVS) Report
International Visitor Statistics
NSW International Visitation Infographic March 2019 (PDF 578 kb)
Latest international visitation to NSW. This report covers visitors and visitor nights, source markets, first and repeat visitation, purpose of visit, transport and accommodation statistics.
International Travel to NSW (IVS) Snapshot archive:
Full International Visitor Survey (IVS) report
Sydney tourism statistics - Domestic and international tourism statistics for Sydney tourism.
Regional tourism statistics - Domestic and international tourism statistics for NSW tourism regions.
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