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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2007  
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Contents >> 2.0 Tourism >> 2.4 Domestic Cultural Tourism

DOMESTIC CULTURAL TOURISM

The majority of Australians spent some time away from home in 2003, with most going on a holiday or to visit friends and relatives. Data from BTR show that in 2003, there was a total of 73.6 million trips taken by persons aged 15 years and over that were of at least one night's duration. Holiday or leisure was the most common reason for people's trip to stay overnight (42%) or for the day (52%).


During 2003, there were also 139 million day trips taken within Australia by persons aged 15 years and over. A day trip is defined as being a round trip distance of at least 50 kilometres, with the traveller being away from home for at least four hours although not overnight. Routine travel such as commuting between work and home is excluded.


The most common cultural activities undertaken on day trips were outdoor or nature activities (undertaken on 20% of day trips).

2.4 ACTIVITIES OF DOMESTIC VISITORS - Year ending Dec 2003

Overnight visitors
Day visitors

ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN (%)

Outdoor or nature activities
34
20
Sports or active outdoor activities
24
9
Arts, heritage or festival activities
13
7
Local attractions or tourist activities
16
8
Social/other activities
86
80

PURPOSE OF VISIT (%)

Holiday/leisure
42
52
Visiting friends and/or relatives
37
29
Business
19
8
Education
1
1

NUMBER OF VISITORS ('000)

Total visitors
73 621
139 060

BTR, Travel in Australia 2003 - International and National Visitor Surveys, 2003.


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