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Tourism visitor summary

For 2016/17, there were 4,907,275 international visitors nights in Cairns, accounting for 48.5% of the total visitor nights.

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.

Please note - the 2016/17 surveys use 2016 Census based SA2s and are not normally available at LGA level. .id have combined SA2s to form a best fit to LGA boundaries using a slightly different methodology to previous surveys, so users may notice some small differences between numbers here and those in the previous version of this table, for the earlier years. This difference is expected to be within the parameters of sample size variability.

Tourism Research Australia – Survey data

Visitor nights - Numbers
Cairns - 2012/13 to 2016/17CairnsQueensland
YearInternational Visitor Nights Domestic Visitor Nights Domestic Daytrips International Visitor Nights Domestic Visitor Nights Domestic Daytrips
2016/174,907,2754,149,3921,064,85050,938,08080,729,25338,647,499
2015/164,932,8234,826,152781,90448,424,43576,702,68240,375,689
2014/155,005,8503,878,489919,53246,977,19376,645,94937,854,586
2013/144,502,1674,948,222840,54543,032,82373,477,55036,882,837
2012/134,780,9953,753,3371,239,16144,840,73874,292,51938,428,301
2011/124,187,4244,250,6981,209,77440,789,22874,139,11237,175,080
2010/114,411,7123,825,657899,69139,548,40669,289,68634,686,803
2009/104,851,9884,752,534753,89238,501,58569,526,13333,102,560

Source: Tourism Research Australia , Unpublished data from the National Visitor Survey and International Visitor Survey 2016/17.

Note: "--" represents unavailable data or data that has been suppressed due to a sample size of 40 or less.

Visitor nights - Percentage
Cairns - 2012/13 to 2016/17CairnsQueensland
YearInternational Visitor Nights(%)Domestic Visitor Nights (%)Domestic Daytrips (%)International Visitor Nights (%)Domestic Visitor Nights (%)Domestic Daytrips (%)
2016/1748.541.010.529.947.422.7
2015/1646.845.87.429.346.324.4
2014/1551.139.69.429.147.523.4
2013/1443.748.18.228.147.924.0
2012/1348.938.412.728.547.224.4
2011/1243.444.112.526.848.724.4
2010/1148.341.99.827.648.324.2
2009/1046.845.97.327.349.323.5

Source: Tourism Research Australia , Unpublished data from the National Visitor Survey and International Visitor Survey 2016/17.

Note: "--" represents unavailable data or data that has been suppressed due to a sample size of 40 or less.

Breakup of visitor nights, 2016/17
Breakup of visitor nights, 2016/17 Cairns, Domestic Daytrips: 10.5% Cairns, Domestic Visitor Nights: 41.0% Cairns, International Visitor Nights: 48.5% Queensland, Domestic Daytrips: 22.7% Queensland, Domestic Visitor Nights: 47.4% Queensland, International Visitor Nights: 29.9%
Source: Tourism Research Australia, Unpublished data from the National Visitor Survey and International Visitor Survey 2016/17.
Time series - Tourism nights
Time series - Tourism nights Domestic Daytrips: 1,064,850 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 4,149,392 nights International Visitor Nights: 4,907,275 nights Domestic Daytrips: 781,904 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 4,826,152 nights International Visitor Nights: 4,932,823 nights Domestic Daytrips: 919,532 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 3,878,489 nights International Visitor Nights: 5,005,850 nights Domestic Daytrips: 840,545 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 4,948,222 nights International Visitor Nights: 4,502,167 nights Domestic Daytrips: 1,239,161 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 3,753,337 nights International Visitor Nights: 4,780,995 nights Domestic Daytrips: 1,209,774 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 4,250,698 nights International Visitor Nights: 4,187,424 nights Domestic Daytrips: 899,691 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 3,825,657 nights International Visitor Nights: 4,411,712 nights Domestic Daytrips: 753,892 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 4,752,534 nights International Visitor Nights: 4,851,988 nights
Source: Tourism Research Australia, Unpublished data from the National Visitor Survey and International Visitor Survey 2016/17.
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