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. 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.
NSW Visitation Infographic December 2019 (PDF 393 kb)
Travel to NSW Snapshot and Infographic archive:
Travel to NSW Time Series December 2019 (PDF 1,041 kb)
Travel to NSW Time Series archive:
Domestic Visitor Statistics
NSW Domestic Visitation Infographic December 2019 (PDF 399 kb)
NSW Domestic Visitation Infographic archive:
September 2019 (PDF 673 kb)
Domestic Travel to NSW (NVS) Snapshot December 2019 (PDF 518 kb)
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) Factsheet 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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