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Western Australia Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia

Western Australia’s Visitor Numbers And Spend The Highest On Record

Victor P Taffa

  • Latest national and international visitor numbers at record high
  • Western Australia’s growth rate for international holiday visitors the highest of all States and Territories
  • Increase in visitor numbers and spend boosts local economy and creates jobs

Latest visitor data from Tourism Research Australia reveals the number of visitors to Western Australia, and their total spend, has again reached an all-time high.

“These extremely positive visitor results once again prove that all the hard work we’ve put in to promoting our amazing State is paying off.” Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia said.

“We will continue to focus all our efforts on making Western Australia the number one holiday destination in the country to both domestic and overseas visitors.”

According to the latest National Visitor Survey (NVS) and International Visitor Survey (IVS), which were released today, Western Australia had 2.87 Million out-of-state (international and interstate) visitors in the year ending September 2019.

Number of total overnight visitors was 11.8 Million people who, together with day-trippers, spent $10.9 Billion in the State an increase of 17.9 % on the previous year. Of this, $5.2 Billion (48 %) was spent in regional Western Australia.

International holiday visitors were the highest on record for Western Australia, with the number increasing by 13.2 % to 521,800 the highest amount of international holiday visitors Western Australia has ever seen.

International holiday spend was also the highest Western Australia has ever seen, with a year-on-year increase of 25.2 % to $870 Million. As a result, total international visitor spend in Western Australia increased by 7 %, to $2.31 Billion.

NVS results revealed Western Australia had 1.9 Million interstate visitors in the year ending September 2019, an increase of 22.7 % on the previous year. These visitors spent $1.94 Billion, with both figures the highest on record.

Of those interstate visitors, 478,000 came to Western Australia for a holiday a 9.6 % increase on the same time last year and spent $822 Million.

NVS also showed growing numbers of Western Australians are holidaying at home, with intrastate holiday trips increasing by 15.1 % to 3.79 Million the highest figures on record and corresponding spend up 17.2 % to $2.3 Billion.


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