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 September 2018 (PDF 393 kb)
Travel to NSW Snapshot September 2018 (PDF 316 kb)
Travel to NSW Snapshot archive:
Travel to NSW Time Series September 2018 (PDF 479 kb)
Domestic and international tourism trend data (key measures only) for NSW from 2002 - 2017.
Travel to NSW Time Series archive:
Domestic Visitor Statistics
NSW Domestic Visitation Infographic September 2018 (PDF 318 kb)
Domestic Travel to NSW (NVS) Snapshot September 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:
Full National Visitor Survey (NVS) Report
International Visitor Statistics
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
Purpose of Visit Statistics
These snapshots are produced on an annual basis.
Holiday Travel to NSW Snapshot December 2017 (PDF 222 kb)
Business Travel to NSW Snapshot December 2017 (PDF 221 kb)
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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