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Central Coast Council area

Visitors and nights

In the 5 years up to 2015/16, there were an average of 39,625 international visitors to the Central Coast Council area. Average length stay for international visitors was 16.6 days, lower than the average for New South Wales.

Tourism is an important part of the economy. Tourism Research Australia (TRA) run annual visitor surveys to measure the size and composition of the tourism market in each area, and this data is presented here. Tourism may include overseas visitors in the country for a holiday, business or education, Australian visitors staying overnight, or local day trippers visiting the area. These different types of tourists will utilize different services within the economy, so understanding the different tourism markets is important for Local Government and businesses.

Tourism Research Australia – Survey data

International visitors
Central Coast Council area - 2008/09 to 2015/16Central Coast Council areaNew South WalesCentral Coast Council area as a % of New South Wales
YearVisitorsVisitor nights % change from previous yearAverage length of stay (days) VisitorsVisitor nights% change from previous yearAverage length of stay (days)VisitorsVisitor nights
5 year average39,625655,417--16.64,127,44375,552,726--18.31.00.9
2015/1648,318810,697+16.816.84,749,13786,572,307+9.018.21.00.9
2014/1535,070693,840+7.519.84,328,40879,453,005+5.818.40.80.9
2013/1440,146645,651+39.816.14,090,93375,098,293+7.218.41.00.9
2012/1336,639461,880-30.612.63,844,65670,063,401+5.218.21.00.7
2011/1237,954665,016+12.917.53,624,08266,573,737+0.718.41.11.0
2010/1133,932589,270+0.517.43,793,32566,132,974+8.717.40.90.9
2009/1033,244586,477+13.617.63,737,83960,866,347+0.416.30.91.0
2008/0930,922516,094--16.73,706,21760,609,594--16.40.80.9

Source: Tourism Research Australia , Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2016.

Note: "--" represents unavailable data or data that has been suppressed due to a sample size of 40 or less. Suppressed figures are still used in the 5 year average calculations.

International visitors
International visitors 2015/16, Central Coast Council area: 48,318 people 2014/15, Central Coast Council area: 35,070 people 2013/14, Central Coast Council area: 40,146 people 2012/13, Central Coast Council area: 36,639 people 2011/12, Central Coast Council area: 37,954 people 2010/11, Central Coast Council area: 33,932 people 2009/10, Central Coast Council area: 33,244 people 2008/09, Central Coast Council area: 30,922 people
Source: Tourism Research Australia, Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2016.
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