The 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.
According to the latest National Visitor Survey (NVS) and International Visitor Survey (IVS), which were released today, WA had 2.87 million out-of-state (international and interstate) visitors in the year ending September 2019.
The 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 per cent on the previous year. Of this, $5.2 billion (48 per cent) was spent in regional WA.
International holiday visitors were the highest on record for Western Australia, with the number increasing by 13.2 per cent to 521,800 – the highest amount of international holiday visitors WA has ever seen.
International holiday spend was also the highest WA has ever seen, with a year-on-year increase of 25.2 per cent to $870 million. As a result, total international visitor spend in WA increased by seven per cent, to $2.31 billion.
The NVS results revealed WA had 1.9 million interstate visitors in the year ending September 2019, an increase of 22.7 per cent 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 WA for a holiday – a 9.6 per cent increase on the same time last year – and spent $822 million.
The NVS also showed growing numbers of Western Australians are holidaying at home, with intrastate holiday trips increasing by 15.1 per cent to 3.79 million – the highest figures on record – and corresponding spend up 17.2 per cent to $2.3 billion.
Source: WA Government