Indian Tourism in Australia - Statistics [2019]

Updated: 6 January 2020

Indian tourism through the years

  • Indian tourism increased by 11.6% from 2018 to 2019.
  • The prior year saw a growth of 19.5%, making India the fastest-growing country in terms of visitors to Australia.
  • Since 2002, Indian tourism has continued to grow and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.
Indian visitors to Australia between 1990 and 2019.
Data source: ABS. Image credit: Camper Champ

India's share in the Australian tourism industry

  • India accounted for 4.1% of all visitors during the 2018/19 year.
  • Despite rapid growth, India still ranks 8th on the list of top visitors to Australia.

Top countries that sent visitors to Australia in 2019

Data source: ABS. Image credit: Camper Champ

Why do Indian tourists visit Australia?

  • Visiting friends and relatives is the most common reason Indian tourists visit Australia. (An estimated 1.9% or 455,000 of the Australian population is Indian-born, according to the 2016 census.2)
  • Many also come to Australia for holidays.
Data Source: TRA. Image credit: Camper Champ

India's contribution to tourism expenditure in Australia

  • Indian tourists spent an estimated $1.8B in 2018/19.3
  • The top spenders for 2018/19 were Chinese tourists at $11.9B.

Top Indian Travel Trends in 2019

How much do Indian tourists spend per day in Australia?

  • Indian tourists spend an average of $80 per day on visits to Australia.

How long do Indian tourists spend in Australia?

  • Indian tourists stayed for an average of 63 nights, the highest of any country and well above the average of 32.3
  • This higher average could be attributed to longer stays for education and employment.
  • Visitors who come for education stay an average of 176 days.
  • Visitors who come for employment stay an average of 127 days.

India's travel patterns and Australia's share

  • An estimated 5.5% of Indians currently hold a passport.4
  • Singapore, Dubai and Thailand are cited as the top 3 destinations for Indian tourists.5

References

  1. ABS: Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, August 2019
  2. ABS: Australia Census, 2016
  3. TRA: International Visitor Survey, 2019
  4. Business Today: Only 5.5% of India’s population have passports: report, July 2017
  5. Walkthrough India: Top 15 most visited countries by Indian travellers