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DOMESTIC CULTURAL TOURISM

The majority of Australians spent some time away from home in 2006, with most going on a holiday or to visit friends and relatives. Data from the TRA 2006 survey of Cultural and Heritage Tourism in Australia show that in 2006, there was a total of 73.6 million trips taken by persons aged 15 years and over that were of at least one night's duration. Holiday or leisure was the most common reason for people's trip to stay overnight (44%) or for the day (52%).

During 2006, there were also 134 million day trips taken within Australia by persons aged 15 years and over. A day trip is defined as being a round trip distance of at least 50 kilometres, with the traveller being away from home for at least four hours although not overnight. Routine travel such as commuting between work and home is excluded.

In 2006, 13% of domestic overnight visitors and 7% of domestic day visitors participated in at least one cultural and heritage activity. There were 9.8 million domestic overnight visitors, compared to 9.1 million domestic day visitors.

The most common cultural activity undertaken by domestic visitors was visiting museums or art galleries (43% of overnight cultural and Heritage visitors and 36% of day cultural and Heritage visitors).

2.2 DOMESTIC CULTURAL AND HERITAGE VISITORS, By activity type - 2006

Percentage of domestic overnight cultural and heritage visitors
Percentage of domestic day cultural and heritage visitors
Type of cultural and heritage tourism activity
%
%

Attend theatre, concerts or other performing arts
21
19
Visit museums or art galleries
43
36
Visit art/craft workshops/studios
9
12
Attend festivals/fairs or cultural events
17
17
Experience Aboriginal art/craft and cultural displays
6
3
Visit an Aboriginal site/community
3
np
Visit historical/heritage buildings, sites or monuments
31
27

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
Source: TRA, Cultural and Heritage Tourism in Australia, 2006.



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