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, 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 September 2020 (PDF 255 kb)
Combined summary of domestic and international visitation to NSW.

Travel to NSW Key Statistics archive:

June 2020 (PDF 220 kb)
March 2020 (PDF 677 kb)
December 2019 (PDF 393 kb)
September 2019 (PDF 672 kb)

Travel to NSW Time Series September 2020 (PDF 340 kb)
Domestic and international tourism trend data for NSW.

Travel to NSW Time Series archive:

June 2020 (PDF 331 kb)
March 2020 (PDF 652 kb)
December 2019 (PDF 1,041 kb)
September 2019 (PDF 1,055 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 2019, TRA changed the NVS methodology with 100% mobile interviewing from half mobile phone and half fixed-line interviewing to reflect current phone usage trends. Care should be taken when comparing NVS results with those prior to January 2019.

Monthly Domestic Overnight Travel to NSW November 2020 (PDF 273 kb)

Monthly Domestic Overnight Travel to NSW archive:

October 2020 (PDF 247 kb)
September 2020 (PDF 234 kb)
August 2020 (PDF 236 kb)
July 2020 (PDF 213 kb)
June 2020 (PDF 234 kb)

Domestic Overnight Travel to NSW Key Statistics September 2020 (PDF 236 kb)

Domestic Overnight Travel to NSW Key Statistics archive:

June 2020 (PDF 212 kb)
March 2020 (PDF 693 kb)
December 2019 (PDF 399 kb)
September 2019 (PDF 673 kb)

Domestic Travel to NSW (NVS) Snapshot September 2020 (PDF 842 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:

June 2020 (PDF 845 kb)
March 2020 (PDF 726 kb)
December 2019 (PDF 518 kb)
September 2019 (PDF 869 kb)

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

International Visitor Statistics

Notes on the International Visitor Survey (IVS) 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 is weighted to the OAD data, TRA adjusted the IVS time series from January 2005 to reflect changes to the OAD.

Recent 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. Care should be taken when comparing current IVS data with previously published data.

International Travel to NSW Key Statistics September 2020 (PDF 240 kb)

International Travel to NSW Key Statistics archive:

June 2020 (PDF 188 kb)
March 2020 (PDF 582 kb)
December 2019 (PDF 315 kb)

International Travel to NSW (IVS) Snapshot September 2020 (PDF 995 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:

June 2020 (PDF 1,024 kb)
March 2020 (PDF 709 kb)
December 2019 (PDF 763 kb)
September 2019 (726 kb)

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


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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