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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/01/2003   
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Australian residents aged 15 and over spent a total of 289.6 million nights visiting other parts of the country in 2001 (table 22.3). Each trip took an average of 3.9 nights, and each person in the population made an average of 4.8 trips during the year. Residents of the Australian Capital Territory were the most frequent travellers (averaging 7.6 trips per person), while residents of the Northern Territory tended to stay away for the longest period (averaging 6.1 nights per trip). These trends are similar to those in 2000.


22.3 SUMMARY OF PERSON TRIPS AND NIGHTS AWAY(a), By state/territory of origin - 2001

Estimated resident population
as at 30 June 2001(b)
Person trips
Average trips
Total nights away
Average nights away
’000
’000
per person
’000
per person trip

New South Wales
5,259
25,433
4.8
94,045
3.7
Victoria
3,858
18,746
4.9
69,466
3.7
Queensland
2,860
14,177
5.0
58,672
4.1
South Australia
1,222
5,310
4.3
21,582
4.1
Western Australia
1,503
6,570
4.4
27,011
4.1
Tasmania
374
1,650
4.4
7,141
4.3
Northern Territory
149
757
5.1
4,646
6.1
Australian Capital Territory
256
1,941
7.6
7,080
3.6
Australia
15,483
74,585
4.8
289,644
3.9

(a) Australian residents aged 15 years and over.
(b) Population aged 15 years and over, sourced from 'Australian Demographic Statistics' (3101.0).

Source: Bureau of Tourism Research, 'National Visitor Survey'.


As table 22.4 shows, 'holiday/leisure' was the most common purpose of visit, accounting for 49% of visitor nights, followed by 'visiting friends/relatives' (30%). 'Business' visits accounted for 15% of all visitor nights.

New South Wales was the most popular destination, accounting for almost a third of all visitor nights (31%). Queensland was the next most popular destination, with over a quarter of all visitor nights (26%), while Victoria accounted for nearly one-fifth of all visitor nights (19%).


22.4 VISITOR NIGHTS(a), By state/territory of destination and main purpose of visit - 2001

Business
Holiday/leisure
Visiting friends/relatives
Other
Total(b)
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000

New South Wales
12,803
41,524
29,973
4,210
89,447
Victoria
7,504
27,252
17,733
2,772
55,747
Queensland
9,720
39,843
20,008
4,523
75,002
South Australia
2,663
8,965
6,059
1,109
19,508
Western Australia
5,145
12,878
6,870
1,281
28,068
Tasmania
998
4,356
1,951
*340
7,970
Northern Territory
2,259
3,031
845
*345
7,174
Australian Capital Territory
1,247
1,830
2,305
*352
5,749
Australia(c)
42,346
140,616
85,777
14,934
289,644

(a) Australian residents aged 15 years 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: Bureau of Tourism Research, 'National Visitor Survey'.


In 2001, 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 (24%). 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 (26% and 18% respectively) (table 22.5).


22.5 VISITOR NIGHTS(a), Type of accommodation used - 2001

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.(b)
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000

Hotel, resort, motel, motor inn
21,810
12,194
20,136
4,094
5,592
2,373
1,842
1,908
70,009
Guest house/B&B
1,348
1,330
702
*192
*302
*185
**43
**34
4,137
Self-catering cottage/apartment
7,546
4,023
10,795
1,475
2,245
774
494
484
27,836
Caravan park/commercial camping ground
9,147
5,646
6,071
2,393
3,359
667
1,044
*162
28,492
Caravan or camping on private property
2,590
1,895
2,990
1,058
1,993
*265
564
**80
12,312
Friends’ or relatives’ property
38,906
23,861
27,935
7,668
9,823
2,795
1,266
2,786
115,073
Own property (e.g. holiday house)
4,347
4,228
2,199
923
1,302
*425
*119
**11
13,554
Other/not stated(c)
2,816
2,084
3,267
994
1,557
*160
1,108
*270
12,262
Total(d)
89,447
55,747
75,002
19,508
28,068
7,970
7,174
5,749
289,644

(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: Bureau of Tourism Research, 'National Visitor Survey'.


Intrastate visits accounted for most domestic tourism visitor nights in 2001 (56%). They were particularly important in Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria where 70%, 62% and 60% respectively of domestic visitor nights in the state were accounted for by residents of the state (table 22.6).

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 2001 were Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. Queensland and the Northern Territory benefited most from tourism in relative terms, with nearly twice the number of inbound visitor nights as outbound visitor nights. Victoria contributed the most to tourism in relative terms, with the number of outbound visitor nights over one and a half times that of inbound visitor nights.


22.6 VISITOR NIGHTS(a) - 2001

Residence

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.
Destination
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000

New South Wales
55,648
13,982
10,797
2,210
1,500
705
510
4,096
89,447
Victoria
10,327
33,200
4,205
3,764
1,537
1,350
*373
990
55,747
Queensland
17,226
11,017
39,442
2,249
1,899
1,095
745
1,329
75,002
South Australia
2,291
3,642
690
10,912
1,001
*179
518
*275
19,508
Western Australia
2,325
2,921
1,178
960
19,634
*238
719
*94
28,068
Tasmania
1,295
1,730
1,022
*308
*335
3,162
**35
**83
7,970
Northern Territory
1,523
1,033
900
776
861
*267
1,619
*195
7,174
Australian Capital Territory
3,359
1,112
*437
*314
*243
*146
*121
**18
5,749
Total(b)
94,045
69,466
58,672
21,582
27,011
7,141
4,646
7,080
289,644

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

Source: Bureau of Tourism Research, 'National Visitor Survey'.


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