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Latest international tourism data shows gains and losses
Latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for international visits to Australia shows alarmingly wide performance variations among states and territories, ranging from catastrophic plunges of over 20% to strong double-digit-percentage increases.
Short-term visitor arrivals and departures data for November showed the number of short-term arrivals rose by 1.7% overall, compared to the same month of the previous year, with Tasmania and Queensland showing significant rises, of 12.9% and 8.1% respectively.
By contract, NSW and South Australia saw small declines while for the Northern Territory visitation fell by a massive 21.4%.
For other states and territories, in comparing annual change to November 2019 (original estimates):
• The ACT saw growth of +4.4%.
• NSW saw a decrease of -2.7%.
• Queensland saw an increase of +8.1% (the best performance other than Tasmania).
• South Australia saw a decline of -4.7%.
• Tasmania recorded a rise of +12.4%.
• Victoria saw an increase of +2.4%.
• Western Australia registered an increase of +6.4%.
The three leading destination countries for Australian residents in November 2019 were:
New Zealand (125,700 trips)
Among the top 10 destination countries, the highest annual increases were recorded for:
The highest annual decreases were recorded for:
The latest annual figures from Tourism Research Australia also shows that Queensland and Tasmania experienced significant growth in the year ending September 2019.
Image: Hobart's Wrest Point.
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14th January 2020 - South East Queensland tourism strategy announced
19th December 2019 - Sapphire Coast tourism operators urge holidaymakers not to be deterred by bushfires
12th December 2019 - Australian Tourism Industry Council welcomes ABS record tourism numbers
4th December 2019 - World Travel and Tourism Council calls for Climate Neutrality by 2050
2nd December 2019 - National Museum of Australia secures tourism industry award
19th November 2019 - Northern Territory releases 10-year Aboriginal Tourism Strategy
18th November 2019 - Tourism Central Australia takes on operation of mining museum visitor services
30th October 2019 - Tourism Australia launches new campaign ‘Come Live our Philausophy’
23rd October 2019 - Domestic market sustaining tourism performance
7th December 2018 - Tasmania’s cultural heritage sector receives funding boost
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