NSW State Tourism Statistics

Tourism regions of New South Wales

Blue Mountains Capital Country Central Coast Central NSW Murray New England North West North Coast Outback NSW Riverina Snowy Mountains South Coast Sydney and Surrounds The Hunter

NSW Region Map

Sydney and Surrounds

Bordering towns

  • Campbelltown
  • Palm Beach
  • Penrith
  • Picton
  • Richmond
  • Sutherland
  • Wisemans Ferry
4 April 2014

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. Care should be taken when comparing current NVS data with those prior to January 2014. 

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.

NSW State Visitor Statistics

NSW continues to be the number one State for total visitor nights, visitor numbers and visitor expenditure.

NSW Visitation Infographic June 2018 (PDF 405 kb)
Combined summary of domestic and international visitation to NSW.

Travel to NSW Snapshot June 2018 (PDF 330 kb)
Domestic and international tourism statistics for NSW.

Travel to NSW Snapshot archive:

March 2018 (PDF 230 kb)
December 2017 (PDF 307 kb)
September 2017 (PDF 489 kb)
June 2017 (PDF 315 kb)

Travel to NSW Time Series June 2018 (PDF 478 kb)

Domestic and international tourism trend data (key measures only) for NSW from 2002 - 2017.

Travel to NSW Time Series archive:

March 2018 (PDF 384 kb)
December 2017
 (PDF 498 kb)
September 2017 (PDF 1212 kb)
June 2017 (PDF 487 kb)

Domestic Visitor Statistics

Notes on the National Visitor Survey (IVS) data

Domestic visitor statistics are sourced from Tourism Research Australia’s (TRA) National Visitor Survey (NVS). From January 2014, TRA changed the NVS methodology with the introduction of half mobile phone and half fixed-line interviewing to reflect the growth in mobile phone only households. Previously the NVS was conducted on landline telephone only. 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.

NSW Domestic Visitation Infographic June 2018 (PDF 317 kb)

Domestic Travel to NSW (NVS) Snapshot June 2018 (PDF 341 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:

 

March 2018 (PDF 351 kb)
December 2017 (341 kb)
September 2017 (PDF 367 kb)

Full National Visitor Survey (NVS) Report
Produced by Tourism Research Australia.

International Visitor Statistics

Notes on the National Visitor Survey (IVS) and Overseas Arrivals and Departures (OAD) data

International visitor statistics are sourced from Tourism Research Australia’s (TRA) International Visitor Survey (IVS). The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) changed the methodology for the Overseas Arrivals and Departures (OAD) data and the revised OAD time series from July 2004. As the IVS data are weighted to the OAD data, TRA adjusted the IVS time series from January 2005 to reflect changes to the OAD. This change represents a break in the OAD and IVS time series.

TRA advised that there are issues with the passenger arrival cards used in the modelling of IVS data. Hence, IVS results from year ended March 2018 are preliminary and do not include any data relating to purpose of visit. There are no issues with the survey collection. 

NSW International Visitation Infographic June 2018 (PDF 311 kb)

International Travel to NSW (IVS) Snapshot June 2018 (PDF 369 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:

December 2017 (PDF 399 kb)
September 2017 (PDF 430 kb)
June 2017 (PDF 284 kb)

Full International Visitor Survey (IVS) report
Produced by Tourism Research Australia.

Purpose of Visit Statistics

These snapshots are produced on an annual basis.

Travel to NSW to Visit Friends and Relatives Snapshot December 2017 (PDF 218 kb)

Holiday Travel to NSW Snapshot December 2017 (PDF 222 kb)

Business Travel to NSW Snapshot December 2017 (PDF 221 kb)

 


Related pages

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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