Notes on the National Visitor Survey (NVS) and International Visitor Survey (IVS) data
Destination NSW prepares several reports, 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. From April 2020, IVS interviewing was suspended following the closure of Australia’s international borders. IVS results from June quarter 2020 were estimated by TRA using the Overseas Arrivals and Departure statistics and other Immigration data from the Department of Home Affairs. The NVS interviews 120,000 Australian residents aged 15 years and over. The survey is conducted through telephone interviewing.
As part of continuous improvement, TRA have made several revisions to the IVS and NVS through the years.
Changes to overseas arrivals data has led TRA to revise IVS estimates in the December 2018 data release. The revisions focus on purpose-of-visit estimates, with minimal change to visitor, nights and spend estimates.
From 2019, TRA has transitioned NVS sampling to 100% mobile phone interviewing (from half mobile phone/half landline). This represents a break in time series, so care should be taken when comparing latest results with previous time periods.
NSW State Visitor Statistics
NSW continues to be the number one State for total visitor nights, visitor numbers and visitor expenditure.
Travel to NSW Key Statistics March 2021 (PDF 243 kb)
Travel to NSW Key Statistics archive:
Travel to NSW Time Series March 2021 (PDF 364 kb)
Travel to NSW Time Series archive:
Domestic Visitor Statistics
Monthly Domestic Overnight Travel to NSW archive:
January 2021 (PDF 282 kb)
Domestic Overnight Travel to NSW Key Statistics archive:
Domestic Travel to NSW (NVS) Snapshot March 2021 (PDF 345 kb)
Domestic Travel to NSW (NVS) Snapshot archive:
Full National Visitor Survey (NVS) Report
International Visitor Statistics
International Travel to NSW Key Statistics archive:
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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