Tourism encompasses most short-term travel away from the normal place of work and residence, including travel undertaken for business or pleasure. It is defined by the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) as: "the activities of persons travelling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes."
The articles in this section of Queensland in Review present information about two aspects of tourism: international tourism into Australia and Queensland, and tourist accommodation.
Further information on tourism related topics can be found within ABS publications, listed in the Catalogue of Publications and Products (cat. no. 1101.0). Many of these publications present information on each state, and further data may be available on request. Of particular interest may be the information provided in Tourism Indicators (cat. no. 8634.0). The June quarter 2002 issue includes a special feature article: "A profile of two tourism regions: the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast".
Also available on the ABS web site is the Tourism Theme Page which has been redeveloped to assist users to access tourism information, products and services. Included in this theme page are links to non-ABS sources of tourism statistics, including Bureau of Tourism Research (BTR) <www.btr.gov.au>, Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources (DITR) <www.industry.gov.au> and Tourism Queensland <www.tq.com.au>.
Alternatively, for information on these and other non-ABS tourism data sets and related contact details, try the free ABS Directory of Tourism Statistics (cat. no. 1130.0).