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International Visitor Survey


Bureau of Tourism Research Statistical Inquiries
Tourism Research Australia (formerly Bureau of Tourism Research (BTR))

Survey Research Section
GPO Box 1545

Telephone: Canberra (02) 6213 7124
Facsimile: Canberra (02) 6213 6983

Web Site (URL): http://www.tra.australia.com/

To enhance the development of tourism in Australia by measuring the travel behaviour and characteristics of overseas visitors.


Information on characteristics of short-term international visitors aged 15 years and over is collected by face-to-face interviews. A sample of 20,000 departing international visitors is surveyed at departure lounges of international airports throughout the year.

Data detail

Data are collected on the following topics which are cross-classified by country of residence and purpose of visit:

  • age, sex, occupation and all reasons for visit;
  • travel arrangements (inclusive or group tour);
  • size and composition of group and reasons for visit;
  • type of fare and pre-paid arrangements;
  • type of information sources;
  • time away from home and stop-overs;
  • city of arrival and departure;
  • duration of stay and region of stay;
  • type of accommodation
  • activities undertaken;
  • places of interest visited;
  • expenditure and income.

Geographic coverage

Australia, States and Territories and capital cities and some regions.

Frequency of data availability


Historical data

Irregular until 1986; a continuous time series is available from 1988.

Products and services available


International Visitors in Australia, Quarterly Reports
International Visitors in Australia, Annual Reports (for each calendar year)


Detailed tabulations of survey output (quarterly and annual) CD-MOTA (Monitor of Tourism Activity) (data on compact disk with specialised cross-tabulation software).

Special purpose tables or reports are available on request.

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