Dom spend up 15%
AUSTRALIAN tourists spent a record $77.5b on domestic trips in 2018/19, up 15% on the prior corresponding period, the latest National Visitor Survey reveals.
For the year to the end of Jun 2019, Aussies aged 30-54 were the biggest spenders, splashing out an average of $809pp per trip, compared with $666 by older travellers and $471 by younger guests, who saved cash by “staying with friends and relatives” when travelling domestically, Tourism Research Australia reported.
Australian domestic tourists made 113.3 million overnight trips (up 12%) spending a total of 400.2 million nights away from home, the survey found.
Outbound travel was also up, with 9.9 million trips taken for the year ending Mar 2019.
Japan was the fastest growing destination for Australians, with visitor numbers more than doubling in the last five years.