Tourism Research Australia: Interstate trips decline 69% in Nov-2020

    Tourism Research Australia unveiled (Feb-2021) the following highlights within its domestic monthly snapshot:

    Overnight trips and spend Nov-2020:

    • Overnight trips fell 26% to seven million and spend fell 34% to AUD4.3 billion (USD3.3 billion). This was a loss of AUD2.2 billion (USD1.7 billion) from Oct-2020. These are the smallest monthly declines recorded since the start of the pandemic.  
    • The end of Victoria’s lockdown saw 1.4 million overnight visitors to the state in Nov-2020 who spent AUD536 million (USD415.9 million), more than double Oct-2020 numbers;
    • Interstate trips fell 69% and spend declined 74% in Nov-2020;

    Regional visitors and spend Nov-2020

    • Capital cities saw domestic overnight visitors fall by 2.2 million or 53%, resulting losses of AUD2.2 billion (USD1.7 million) in spend (down 64%);
    • Regional Australia visitors were down by 450,000 or 8%, and spend decreased AUD35 million (USD27.2 million) or 1%. The contrast between capital cities and regional areas was most apparent in New South Wales (NSW).
      • Overnight spend in Sydney fell 71% and visitors fell 57%;
      • Overnight visitors to regional NSW were similar to those in Nov-2019. The number of nights that they stayed increased by 8% and spend increased 30% on Nov-2019.     

    Capital cities experienced a AUD22.2 billion (USD17.2 billion) loss in spend (down 62%) for the year to Nov-2020, with losses for regional Australia at AUD11.8 billion (USD9.2 billion) (down 31%).

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