Notes on the National Visitor Survey (NVS) and International Visitor Survey (IVS) data
Tourism Research Australia (TRA) updated survey methodology of the NVS with the introduction of mobile phone interviewing from January 2014. This change represents a break in time series.
In late 2015, TRA identified and implemented an improved phone number data set that better represented the mobile phone user population. However, this impacted NVS results for the smaller population areas and the business travel sector. TRA has revised the estimates for 2014 and 2015 NVS data to ensure the continuation of the time series. Care should be taken when comparing NVS results with those prior to January 2014.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) rebuilt its OAD data system to improve data quality. To preserve the time series, the ABS revised OAD data back from July 2004 onwards. This change impacted the IVS time series results as visitor estimates are benchmarked on the OAD data. To preserve the time series, Tourism Research Australia adjusted the IVS data from January 2005 to reflect the revised OAD time series.
TRA recently advised that there are issues with the passenger arrival cards used in the modelling of IVS data. Hence, all IVS and combined IVS and NVS results from the year ended March 2018 are preliminary.
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