New Research Shows Domestic Night Travel is on the Rise
Australia – (News4us.com) April 17, 2013
Australians are engaging in more national overnight vacations according to numbers from the recently released National Visitor Survey issued by Tourism Research Australia.
“Good growth in domestic tourism in 2012 is positive news for the tourism industry and it is heartening to see growth accelerate later in the year with a strong December quarter for domestic overnight travel,” Minister Ferguson said.
“Much of the growth over the year can be attributed to those visiting friends and relatives, which rose seven per cent, while visitor nights and overnight expenditure for this purpose increased by nine per cent and 15 per cent respectively.
“The type of accommodation used reflected the growth in the visiting friends and relatives segment with nights spent in a friend’s or relatives’ property up 8 per cent. Nights spent in caravan and camping accommodation increased 10 per cent and rented accommodation increased 6 per cent.
“Domestic day travel also grew strongly in 2012 with trips up eight per cent to 174 million and day trip expenditure increasing 11 per cent to $18.2 billion.”
Domestic overnight trips delivered solid results in 2012 with overnight trips and nights up four per cent to 74.5 million and 282 million respectively whilst expenditure climbed three per cent to $50 billion.
This increase was supported by a solid December quarter where trips and nights increased by nine per cent and expenditure grew by four per cent.
Intrastate getaways – or journey’s inside Australian’s own state – expanded by five per cent and intrastate visitor nights by six per cent. Interstate travelling demonstrated more improvement in the December quarter after a comparatively level twelve months.
Heading the increase in domestic travel were the Northern Territory with an 11 per cent increase in overnight trips, the Australian Capital Territory with a nine per cent increase, and WA recording 8 per cent increase.
For more information visit: Tourism Research Australia
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