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9.3 million tourists visited Australia in 2019 (year ending June 2019). In 2020 the number of international visitors to Australia dropped to 6.7 million due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (year ending June 2020).1 A further decrease in annual tourism visits is expected in 2021.
Visitors to Australia spent more than $794 million between April 2020 and March 2021. Spending was down 98.1% when compared to the over $41 billion spent during the previous year.
Visitors from the US spent the most, spending just over $115 million during visits to Australia in 2021.
Visitor statistics for 2021 will be available at a later period. For the most recent available 12 month reporting period – April 2020 and March 2021 – the highest number of visitors came from New Zealand with over 13,000 making trips during this period.
The top 5 countries from which visitors came to Australia in this period were New Zealand, USA, UK, India and China.
In the first quarter of 2021 (January-March), Australians made over 24.6 million domestic overnight trips.
International arrivals in March saw a dramatic decrease, significantly impacting Australia’s tourism industry:
Read more: Chinese visitors to Australia statistics