The Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy's (TEVE) international research data includes:

  • International Visitors Survey results for Victoria by campaign region and by country of origin, including visitors, nights and expenditure
  • future visitation forecasts
  • international tourism summaries providing 2019 tourism data by market including information on visitor numbers, nights and expenditure, purpose of visit, trends, growth and market share, regional dispersal and places visited, repeat visitation and aviation share data

International visitation

International Visitor Survey results, year ending September 2021:

Figure 1: Key international visitor highlights for Victoria

Some topline figures for year ending September 2021 for International visitation to Victoria. Spend: $129 million, down 99 per cent on year ending September 2019. Visitors: 33,200, down 99 per cent on year ending September 2019. Nights: 1.7 million down 98 per cent on year ending September 2019.

For the year ending September 2021, key points include:

  • With Australia’s borders closed since March 2020 to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), only very limited international visitation has been possible for visitors with an exemption.
  • According to Overseas Arrivals and Departures (OAD) data, most short-term international arrivals into Australia in the year ending September 2021 were residents returning home (60%). This comprised 255,400 residents returning from overseas (on short-term trips of less than one year). In comparison, 40% of total short-term arrivals into Australia in the year ending September 2021 were international visitors (or 170,000 short-term visitors), representing a 96% decline compared to the year ending September 2020.
  • With only limited international travel into Australia all states and territories have recorded large declines in international spend of 96% and above compared to the pre-COVID year ending September 2019. International overnight expenditure in Victoria decreased by 99% to just $129 million in the year ending September 2021, down $8.7 billion compared to the year ending September 2019.
  • There were only 33,200 international overnight visitors to Victoria in the year ending September 2021 (-99% or down 3.1 million arrivals compared to the year ending September 2019).
  • With only limited travel enabled, the majority of international visitors to Victoria in the year ending September 2021 were from New Zealand due to some movement enabled through the Trans-Tasman bubble for a short period (65.2% of arrivals or approximately 21,700 visitors, down 328,000 visitors from the pre-COVID-19 year ending September 2019).  There were an estimated 1,400 visitors from the USA (down 252,000 visitors from the pre-COVID-19 year ending September 2019) with an estimated 1,400 visitors from the United Kingdom (down 220,000 visitors from the pre-COVID-19 year ending September 2019).
  • China comprised 3.7% of all international visitors to Victoria with an estimated 1,200 visitors (down 673,000 visitors from the pre-COVID-19 year ending September 2019), with just over 600 visitors from India (down 174,000 visitors from the pre-COVID-19 year ending September 2019).
  • More than half of all international visitors to Victoria in the year ending September 2021 travelled to visit family and friends (60.4%), followed by those travelling for business (14.0%), employment (7.0%) or other reason (i.e., funeral) /not stated (17.0%)).

*For further information on the calculation of estimates in this IVS release, please refer to the TRA website.

Note: The International Visitor Survey (IVS) for the year ending December 2018 release included data revisions back to 2005. Please do not use/compare previously published data prior to the year ending December 2018 data release.

Next release: March 2022 (TBC)

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Other international research

  • The research report on Chinese Free and Independent Travellers – their potential for Regional Australia was released in March 2019 and can be found on the Tourism Research Australia website.

    The report focusses on the Chinese free and independent travellers (FIT) market who are more likely to stay longer and disperse beyond Australia’s major gateway cities, compared with their non-FIT or group tour counterparts. The research assesses the barriers which inhibit greater regional dispersal and identifies areas for possible action and considers the issue of regional dispersal from both supply and demand sides.
  • Research on International Education within the Visitor Economy was released in October 2018.

    The research includes a profile of international education visitors, top spending origin markets, travel to Melbourne and regional Victoria, activities undertaken and forecast figures.
  • Research on Chinese visitors to Victoria was released in October 2018.

    The research includes a profile of Chinese visitors, travel to regional Victoria, activities undertaken and forecast figures, as well as insights on Chinese-born residents living and studying in Victoria.
  • Research on Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) in Victoria, focusing on the Chinese and Indian markets, was released on 29 June 2017 and can be found on the Tourism Research Australia website.

    The research explores the motivations, behaviours and influences of these visitors and their hosts. Insights and opportunities are included in the executive summary and infographics with a comprehensive report available upon request.

International tourism summaries

Updated bi-annually, Victoria's Top 10 International Markets Factsheet year ending June 2020 (PDF 700.24 KB)PDF icon provides a snapshot of Victoria’s top international source markets in terms of visitors, nights and expenditure, along with growth and splits for Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

The below documents, updated annually, provide a summary of the latest tourism data for visitors from different international markets to Victoria.

Information includes:

  • visitor numbers
  • nights and expenditure
  • trends, growth and market share
  • purpose of visit
  • regional dispersal and places visited
  • repeat visitation
  • related aviation shares

COUNTRY/REGIONDATA
China

China Tourism Summary year ending December 2019 (PDF 1101.91 KB)PDF icon
Visiting friends and relatives in Victoria: The China and India markets
Chinese Visitors to Victoria - Report for year ending December 2017 (PDF 1344.87 KB)PDF icon

India India Tourism Summary year ending December 2019 (PDF 1013.59 KB)PDF icon
Visiting friends and relatives in Victoria: The China and India markets
New Zealand New Zealand Tourism Summary year ending December 2019 (PDF 833.58 KB)PDF icon
United States of America USA Tourism Summary year ending December 2019 (PDF 822.29 KB)PDF icon
United Kingdom UK Tourism Summary year ending December 2019 (PDF 763.17 KB)PDF icon
Malaysia Malaysia Tourism Summary year ending December 2019 (PDF 819.05 KB)PDF icon
Singapore Singapore Tourism Summary year ending December 2019 (PDF 753.2 KB)PDF icon
Indonesia Indonesia Tourism Summary year ending December 2019 (PDF 981.27 KB)PDF icon
Hong Kong Hong Kong Tourism Summary year ending December 2019 (PDF 998.2 KB)PDF icon
Japan Japan Tourism Summary year ending December 2019 (PDF 1039.81 KB)PDF icon
Taiwan Taiwan Tourism Summary year ending December 2019 (PDF 808.55 KB)PDF icon
Korea Korea Tourism Summary year ending December 2019 (PDF 981.4 KB)PDF icon
Germany Germany Tourism Summary year ending December 2019 (PDF 994.05 KB)PDF icon
Thailand Thailand Tourism Summary year ending December 2019 (PDF 905.17 KB)PDF icon
France France Tourism Summary year ending December 2019 (PDF 1054.79 KB)PDF icon