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

  • the latest 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 the latest 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 December 2020:

Figure 1: Key international visitor highlights for Victoria

Spend: $2.5 billion, down 72 per cent year on year. Visitors: 615,300, down 80 per cent year on year. Nights: 19.6 million, down 73 per cent year on year.

Figure 2: International overnight visitation summary results

Table title - Victorian International Visitor Summary Table, Year ending December 2020. Column one title is Visitor Expenditure Estimates (includes package expenditure). Victoria: $2.5 billion, down 72 per cent. Melbourne: $2.3 billion, down 72 per cent. Regional Victoria: $126 million, down 79 per cent. Column two title is Visitor Estimates. Victoria: 615,300, down 80 per cent. Melbourne: 577,600, down 81 per cent. Regional Victoria: 133,100 down 78 per cent. Column three title is Visitor Night Estimates. Victoria:  19.6 million, down 73 per cent. Melbourne: 17.5 million, down 72 per cent. Regional Victoria: 2.1 million, down 78 per cent.

For the year ending December 2020, 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, with significant rates of decline recorded across all key measures. International spend in Victoria has not been this low for fourteen years (last at a similar level in the year ending December 2006).
  • International overnight visitors to Victoria declined at a rate higher than spend (-80%), to 615,300 visitors, a huge fall of over 2.5 million visitors compared to the same time in 2019. Victoria’s rate of decline was on par with the national decrease (-80%).
  • International overnight expenditure in Victoria decreased by 72 per cent to $2.5 billion in the year ending December 2020, down $6.4 billion year-on-year.
  • Declines in spend were noted in all markets, reflecting the impacts of progressive travel bans due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The largest fall in spend was recorded from China, down 75 per cent to $854 million, falling $2.5 billion from the same period in 2019. Victoria’s rate of decline in for Chinese spend was slightly lower than the national average rate of decline (-78%).
  • International overnight visitors to Melbourne declined by 81 per cent (down 2.4 million visitors) to 577,600, while spend in Melbourne decreased by 72 per cent year-on-year to $2.3 billion (down $5.9 billion year-on-year).
  • International overnight spend in regional Victoria declined significantly by 79 per cent (down $485 million) year-on-year to $126 million in the year ending December 2020, with a large decline also noted in visitors (-78% or down 461,200 visitors) to 133,100 visitors and international visitor nights (-78% or down 7.7 million nights) to 2.1 million nights.

*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: June 2021 (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