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4156.0 - Sport and Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia , 2006 Edition 2  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/11/2006   
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Contents >> Chapter 5.1 Attendance at Sports Events - Introduction >> Chapter 5.4 Attendance at Sports Events - Trends in Sports Attendance Over Time



Australian residents travelling within Australia

During 2002 it was estimated that, among Australians aged 15 years and over, there were 75,339 who went on an overnight trip, and 142,133 who went on a day trip, within Australia. The Bureau of Tourism Research defines overnight travel as a stay away from home of at least one night at a place at least 40 kilometres from home. A day trip is defined as travel for a round trip distance of at least 50 kilometres, and of at least 4 hours duration, which does not incorporate a night away from home.

From the travellers interviewed, it was estimated that 2,696 or 3.6% had attended an organised sports event while on an overnight trip and 3,526 or 2.5% had attended an organised sports event while on a day trip. The Bureau of Tourism Research further estimated that for 1.4% of overnight travellers (1,038 persons), and 2.2% of day travellers (3,058 persons), attending an organised sports event was a purpose of their travel.

International visitors to Australia

The Bureau of Tourism Research estimated that, in 2002, there were 4.5 million international visitors to Australia aged 15 years and over. Visitors surveyed had stayed in Australia for less than 12 months and were interviewed when departing from major Australian airports (Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Perth, Adelaide and Darwin). From the survey interviews, it was estimated that 302,497 or 7.4% had attended an organised sports event while in Australia. It was further estimated that, for 0.9% of international visitors to Australia, attending an organised sports event was a purpose of their travel.

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