Tourism comprises the activities of visitors travelling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year. This identifies tourism as more than just leisure travel, also including travel for business, health, education, religious and other reasons. It encompasses most short-term domestic and international travel away from the normal place of work and residence. Tourism is defined by the status of the customer as a visitor. Almost every industry in the Australian economy provides goods and services to visitors. In some industries, a high proportion of industry output is associated with tourism. In others, the major share of industry output relates to the needs of residents, not visitors.
Tourism data produced by the ABS are used to assist in economic and policy formation relating to tourism, to measure the size and structure of tourism related industries, to allocate state government funding to regional areas, and for local government planning and investment.
This Topics @ a Glance page provides a guide for users of tourism statistics. Links are available for users to locate information on current and future statistical publications, how to use statistics, and ABS contacts. Non-ABS links are also included, these comprise government, private and international departments/agencies.
News in the field of tourism statistics.
Tourism statistics releases
Release information including recent and upcoming statistical publications and other relevant indicators.
Tourism related media releases, feature articles and information papers.
Using tourism statistics
Information for interpreting tourism statistics. This includes data limitations, directory of statistical resources,
methods and standards, and general help information.
Other related sources of information
Non-ABS tourism research and data links.
Contact details for tourism statistics enquiries.
This page first published 11 September 2004, last updated 8 September 2011