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Visitors and nights

In the 5 years up to 2015/16, there were an average of 22,400 international visitors to The Hills Shire. Average length stay for international visitors was 31.5 days, higher 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
The Hills Shire - 2008/09 to 2015/16The Hills ShireNew South WalesThe Hills Shire 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 average22,400721,133--31.54,127,44375,552,726--18.30.50.9
2015/1626,5251,188,792+88.944.84,749,13786,572,307+9.018.20.61.4
2014/1522,799629,352-9.927.64,328,40879,453,005+5.818.40.50.8
2013/1423,887698,132+40.729.24,090,93375,098,293+7.218.40.60.9
2012/1318,016496,099-16.427.53,844,65670,063,401+5.218.20.50.7
2011/1220,771593,175+6.828.63,624,08266,573,737+0.718.40.60.9
2010/1120,758555,564+29.426.83,793,32566,132,974+8.717.40.60.8
2009/1018,397429,473+1.523.33,737,83960,866,347+0.416.30.50.7
2008/0916,987423,283--24.93,706,21760,609,594--16.40.50.7

Source: Tourism Research Australia , Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2016.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, The Hills Shire: 26,525 people 2014/15, The Hills Shire: 22,799 people 2013/14, The Hills Shire: 23,887 people 2012/13, The Hills Shire: 18,016 people 2011/12, The Hills Shire: 20,771 people 2010/11, The Hills Shire: 20,758 people 2009/10, The Hills Shire: 18,397 people 2008/09, The Hills Shire: 16,987 people
Source: Tourism Research Australia, Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2016.
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