Notes on the National Visitor Survey (NVS) and International Visitor Survey (IVS) data
Tourism Research Australia (TRA) updated survey methodology of the NVS with the introduction of mobile phone interviewing from January 2014.
In late 2015, 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.
International visitor statistics are sourced from TRA 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 are weighted to the OAD data, TRA adjusted the IVS time series from January 2005 to reflect changes to the OAD.
Recent changes to passenger movement data has led TRA to revise IVS estimates in the year ended December 2018 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 NVS and IVS data with previously published data.
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