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

Please note:

Destination NSW prepares several reports, snapshots, fact sheets and statistical tables based on Tourism Research Australia’s 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.

There have been several revisions to the IVS and NVS 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 results with those prior to January 2014.

As part of continuous improvement, Tourism Research Australia 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.

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 2017 (PDF 313 kb)
Combined summary of domestic and international visitation to NSW.

Travel to NSW Snapshot March 2018 (PDF 230 kb)
Domestic and international tourism statistics for NSW.

Travel to NSW Snapshot archive:

December 2017 (PDF 307 kb)
September 2017 (PDF 489 kb)
June 2017 (PDF 315 kb)

Travel to NSW Time Series March 2018 (PDF 396 kb)

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

Travel to NSW Time Series archive:

December 2017 (PDF 498 kb)
September 2017 (PDF 1212 kb)
June 2017 (PDF 487 kb)

Domestic Visitor Statistics

Please note:

Domestic visitor statistics are sourced from Tourism Research Australia’s National Visitor Survey (NVS). From January 2014, Tourism Research Australia 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, Tourism Research Australia (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, and revised estimates are included in the year ended March 2017 NVS data release

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

NSW Domestic Visitation Infographic March 2018 (PDF 314 kb)

Domestic Travel to NSW (NVS) Snapshot March 2018 (PDF 351 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:

December 2017 (341 kb)
September 2017 (PDF 367 kb)
June 2017 (PDF 367 kb)

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

International Visitor Statistics

Please note: 

International visitor statistics are sourced from Tourism Research Australia’s International Visitor Survey (IVS). The Australian Bureau of Statistics 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, Tourism Research Australia 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. 

Tourism Research Australia advised that the March Quarter 2018 International Visitor Survey results will not be released on 6 June 2018. TRA are working with the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Bureau of Statistics in investigating the passenger card data used for benchmarking the survey results. TRA will advise of the new release date once issues are resolved.

NSW International Visitation Infographic December 2017 (PDF 311 kb)

International Travel to NSW (IVS) Snapshot December 2017 (PDF 399 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:

September 2017 (PDF 430 kb)
June 2017 (PDF 284 kb)
March 2017 (PDF 414 kb)

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

Outbound Travel Statistics

Outbound Travel Snapshot December 2016 (PDF 222 kb)
Key statistics on outbound travel including the most popular destinations.

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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