Visitor Arrivals Data

For an overview of the international visitor arrivals and expenditure results for year ending 30 June 2016, download the International Tourism Snapshot. For the latest arrivals figures, see below.

Latest visitor arrivals data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 'Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, July 2016'.

Visitor arrival highlights for July 2016

  • There were 716,000 visitor arrivals during July 2016, an increase of 14.1 per cent relative to the same period of the previous year.
  • This brings us to 7.94 million visitor arrivals for year ending July 2016, an increase of 10.6 per cent relative to the previous year. This represents an extra 763,000 visitors on the previous year. 
  • Leisure arrivals (Holiday + VFR) continued to drive international arrivals growth, with an increase of 14.8 per cent over the 12 month period. Business travel is showing signs of softening, with declines of 1.8 per cent for the same period.
Main purpose of visit Year ended July 2016  YOY % change  July 2016 YOY % change 
Holiday 3,991,600 23.0% 344,400 27.4%
VFR 2,037,900 1.5% 151,800 0.0%
Business 603,500 -1.8% 49,500 4.9%
Convention/Conference 202,400 -5.4% 17,900 17.8%
Employment 281,700 -12.2% 23,100 -18.7%
Education 503,000 13.4% 98,400 15.5%
Others 315,000 -3.3% 30,900 5.5%
Total 7,935,400 10.6% 716,000 14.1%

Download the full visitors by market chart.

For upcoming release dates of arrivals figures, see below.

Release date Arrivals data 
Monday 10 October 2016 Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, August 2016
Thursday 10 November 2016   Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, September 2016
Monday 12 December 2016 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, October 2016
Monday 16 January 2017 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, November 2016
Monday 13 February 2017 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, December 2016
Tuesday 14 March 2017 Overseas Arrival and Departures, Australia, January 2017

Archive of arrivals data

View the archive of arrivals data by month.