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International Visitor Spend

International visitors to Australia spent a record $40.6 billion in the year to June 2017, up 7%. 


The International Visitor Survey is published quarterly by Tourism Research Australia and is the most comprehensive source of information on international visitors to Australia.

The survey samples 40,000 departing, short-term international travellers over the age of 15 years who have visited Australia. The survey is conducted by Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) in the departure lounges of eight major international airports: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and Gold Coast.

Participants are asked around 100 questions about their visit, including nights spent in Australia, travel arrangements, reasons for visit, places visited, activities undertaken, information sources and expenditure made during trip.