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The most recent data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that International visitation to Australia continued its recent trend of strong growth.
The most recent data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that International visitation to Australia continued its recent trend of strong growth. Results from the International Visitor Survey for the year ending September 2014 show international visitor arrivals aged 15 years and over increased 8% to 6.3 million, while nights increased 3% to 221 million and trip spend increased 9% to a record $30.7 billion.
While visitation statistics look healthy as a whole for the tourism sector – what of our ‘backpacker’ numbers? Backpacker numbers are defined by any international visitors who have stayed in hostel/backpacker accommodation.
Based on the most recent statistics, year to date, Backpacker numbers are up 2% from 580,599 in 2013 to 592,483 although backpacker nights have declined by 3.3% from 49.4m to 47.5m – Average length of stay is also on the decline with 85 nights YTD in 2013 and just 80 in 2014.
Some worrying figures from the UK, arguably our biggest source market in the backpacker sector, with arrivals down by 10% and bed nights reflecting a similar decline. Other source markets on the decline include Taiwan and Canada.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, with a number of nationalities on a steady increase including core markets New Zealand, France and Germany plus the emerging markets of Malaysia, USA and Italy all showing healthy growth.