International travel to NSW: year ending June 2023

The NSW visitor economy is leading Australia's recovery from the pandemic, with new data showing NSW recorded the largest absolute increase nationally for international visitors, nights and expenditure in the year ending June 2023.

According to Tourism Research Australia, international visitors took 5.4 million trips to Australia during the period, with the lion's share - over 2.7 million - coming to NSW (up 451.3 per cent on the year ending June 2022). They stayed 67.8 million nights in NSW (up 221.5 per cent) and spent $8.6 billion (up 344.8 per cent) in the state.

NSW received a total of 38.9 million domestic and international overnight visitors (up 53.3 per cent on the year ending June 2022), who stayed 182.7 million nights (up 71.6 per cent) and spent $38.9 billion (up 98.8 per cent).

Pre-pandemic, NSW received 41.6 million domestic and international overnight visitors in the year to June 2019, who stayed 214.2 million nights and spent $33.9 billion.

In the year ending June 2023, total overnight visitation to Sydney was 13.2 million (up 92.4 per cent compared to year ending June 2022), visitor nights increased to 87.5 million (up 128.5 per cent) and expenditure increased to $19 billion (up 172.1 per cent).

Destination NSW uses data provided by the Tourism Research Australia quarterly International Visitor Surveys (IVS) and monthly Australian Bureau of Statistics Overseas Arrivals and Departures (OAD) information to give insights on international visitation to NSW.