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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
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Australian residents aged 15 and over spent a total of 293.4 million nights visiting other parts of the country in 2000 (table 22.8). Each trip took an average of four nights, and each person in the population made an average of almost five trips during the year. Residents of the Australian Capital Territory were the most frequent travellers (averaging seven trips per person), while residents of the Northern Territory tended to stay away for the longest period (averaging six nights per trip). These trends are virtually unchanged from those in 1999.

22.8 SUMMARY OF PERSON TRIPS AND NIGHTS AWAY(a), By State/Territory of Origin - 2000

State/Territory of origin
Estimated resident population
as at 30 June 2000

’000(b)
Person
trips

’000
Average
trips

per person
Total nights
away

’000
Average
nights away

per person trip

New South Wales
5,147
25,176
4.9
97,500
3.9
Victoria
3,819
18,924
5.0
71,404
3.8
Queensland
2,813
13,865
4.9
55,985
4.0
South Australia
1,206
5,504
4.6
22,369
4.1
Western Australia
1,486
6,132
4.1
27,958
4.6
Tasmania
372
1,708
4.6
7,765
4.5
Northern Territory
145
657
4.5
4,156
6.3
Australian Capital Territory
247
1,806
7.3
6,246
3.5
Australia
15,236
73,771
4.8
293,384
4.0

(a) For persons aged 15 years and over.
(b) Population aged 15 years and over.

Source: National Visitor Survey, Bureau of Tourism Research.


As table 22.9 shows, 'pleasure/holiday' was the most common purpose of visit, accounting for 49% of visitor nights, followed by 'visiting friends/relatives' (29%). 'Business' visits accounted for 15% of all visitor nights, while 'other' reasons accounted for 4%.

New South Wales was the most popular destination, accounting for almost a third of all visitor nights (32%). Queensland was the next most popular destination, with a quarter of all visitor nights, while Victoria accounted for nearly a fifth of all visitor nights (18%).


22.9 VISITOR NIGHTS(a), By State/Territory of Destination and Main Purpose of Visit - 2000

State/Territory of destination
All business

’000
Pleasure/holiday

’000
Visiting friends/relatives

’000
Other

’000
Total(b)

’000

New South Wales
13,171
45,908
28,415
4,224
92,559
Victoria
7,453
25,916
17,562
2,414
54,039
Queensland
10,780
38,132
20,166
2,781
74,087
South Australia
4,058
9,702
5,943
1,071
21,251
Western Australia
4,834
14,583
7,078
1,216
28,857
Tasmania
1,078
4,449
2,187
*268
8,139
Northern Territory
1,905
3,825
1,074
*402
7,914
Australian Capital Territory
1,427
1,842
2,447
679
6,467
Australia(c)
44,706
144,375
84,897
13,055
293,384

(a) By Australian residents, 15 years of age and over.
(b) Includes visitor nights where purpose of visit was not asked.
(c) Components may not add to total as total includes unspecified and offshore visits that could not be allocated to a State or Territory.

Source: National Visitor Survey, Bureau of Tourism Research.


In 2000, the most frequently used accommodation by domestic travellers was the property of friends or relatives (40% of visitor nights), followed by hotels, resorts, motels and motor inns (23%). A similar pattern occurred in the States and Territories with the exception of the Northern Territory, where hotels, resorts, motels and motor inns were a more popular choice of accommodation than friends' or relatives' property (30% and 23% respectively) (table 22.10).


22.10 VISITOR NIGHTS(a), Type of Accommodation Used by State/Territory - 2000

Accommodation type
NSW

’000
Vic.

’000
Qld

’000
SA

’000
WA

’000
Tas.

’000
NT

’000
ACT

’000
Aust.(b)

’000

Hotel, resort, motel, motor inn
20,734
11,845
18,709
4,238
5,295
2,140
2,380
1,926
67,284
Guest house/B&B
1,246
1,162
475
*305
*406
*310
*54
*55
4,013
Self-catering cottage/apartment
8,083
4,171
10,274
1,506
2,571
772
*311
*408
28,096
Caravan park or commercial camping ground
10,268
5,147
5,780
2,621
3,432
504
977
*221
28,950
Friends’ or relatives’ property
39,151
23,046
28,102
8,156
10,406
3,121
1,781
3,050
116,837
Own property (e.g. holiday house)
5,032
3,977
2,307
1,339
1,625
*522
*234
*103
15,139
Caravan or camping on private property
2,770
2,024
2,832
1,494
1,909
*295
734
*136
12,193
Other/not stated(c)
5,275
2,666
5,609
1,593
3,214
*475
1,442
567
20,871
Total(d)
92,559
54,039
74,807
21,251
28,857
8,139
7,914
6,467
293,384

(a) Australian residents aged 15 years and over.
(b) Components may not add to total as total includes unspecified and offshore visits that could not be allocated to a State or Territory.
(c) Other accommodation includes backpacker/hostel, university/school dormitory/college, hospital/hospital related accommodation for relatives, and privately owned boat/yacht etc.
(d) Includes visitor nights where accommodation type was not asked.

Source: National Visitor Survey, Bureau of Tourism Research.

Intrastate visits accounted for most domestic tourism visitor nights in 2000 (56%). They were particularly important in Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales where 70%, 64% and 62% respectively of domestic visitor nights in the State were accounted for by residents of the State. The Australian Capital Territory was the only State or Territory where intrastate visits did not make up the largest proportion of total visitor nights (table 22.11).

In terms of numbers of visitor nights, net beneficiaries from domestic tourism (i.e. where inbound interstate visitor nights are greater than outbound interstate visitor nights) in 2000 were Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and both Territories. The Northern Territory benefited most from tourism in relative terms, with more than twice the number of inbound visitor nights than outbound visitor nights. Victoria contributed the most to tourism in relative terms, with the number of outbound visitor nights almost double that of inbound visitor nights.


22.11 VISITOR NIGHTS(a), By State/Territory of Residence and States/Territories Visited - 2000

State or Territory of residence

State/Territory visited
NSW

’000
Vic.

’000
Qld

’000
SA

’000
WA

’000
Tas.

’000
NT

’000
ACT

’000
Aust.

’000

Destination
New South Wales
57,081
14,228
11,079
2,530
2,459
963
*362
3,857
92,559
Victoria
8,558
34,691
3,081
4,012
1,550
1,272
*282
593
54,039
Queensland
18,328
11,366
37,409
2,063
1,929
1,248
767
977
74,087
South Australia
3,169
3,771
896
11,065
979
*261
804
*306
21,251
Western Australia
3,035
2,709
1,130
1,046
20,078
*328
*340
*191
28,857
Tasmania
1,479
1,976
502
*352
*213
3,429
**17
*170
8,139
Northern Territory
2,251
1,510
847
1,048
523
*169
1,496
**72
7,914
Australian Capital Territory
3,600
1,118
1,040
*253
*203
*96
**77
**80
6,467
Australia(b)
97,500
71,404
55,985
22,369
27,958
7,765
4,156
6,246
293,384

(a) For Australian residents aged 15 years and over.
(b) Includes other and not stated.

Source: National Visitor Survey, Bureau of Tourism Research.


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