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Tourism visitor summary

For 2015/16, there were 4,936,170 international visitors nights in Cairns, accounting for 43.8% 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.

Tourism Research Australia – Survey data

Visitor nights - Numbers
Cairns - 2008/09 to 2015/16CairnsQueensland
YearInternational Visitor Nights Domestic Visitor Nights Domestic Daytrips International Visitor Nights Domestic Visitor Nights Domestic Daytrips
2015/164,936,1705,364,683963,49848,424,43577,910,50739,706,797
2014/155,009,1184,663,253879,85146,977,19378,057,38634,891,261
2013/144,506,1594,778,381853,72043,032,82374,946,85534,171,174
2012/134,784,8603,778,0931,304,43744,840,73874,292,51938,428,301
2011/124,188,1684,262,7761,258,81140,789,22874,139,11237,175,080
2010/114,417,0183,855,632917,29339,548,40669,289,68634,686,803
2009/104,854,5904,852,482764,41638,501,58569,526,13333,102,560
2008/095,293,1393,857,1181,012,09539,518,31665,201,70630,414,529

Source: Tourism Research Australia , Unpublished data from the National Visitor Survey and International Visitor Survey 2016.

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

Visitor nights - Percentage
Cairns - 2008/09 to 2015/16CairnsQueensland
YearInternational Visitor Nights(%)Domestic Visitor Nights (%)Domestic Daytrips (%)International Visitor Nights (%)Domestic Visitor Nights (%)Domestic Daytrips (%)
2015/1643.847.68.629.246.923.9
2014/1547.544.28.329.448.821.8
2013/1444.447.18.428.349.322.5
2012/1348.538.313.228.547.224.4
2011/1243.143.913.026.848.724.4
2010/1148.142.010.027.648.324.2
2009/1046.446.37.327.349.323.5
2008/0952.138.010.029.248.222.5

Source: Tourism Research Australia , Unpublished data from the National Visitor Survey and International Visitor Survey 2016.

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

Breakup of visitor nights, 2015/16
Breakup of visitor nights, 2015/16 Cairns, Domestic Daytrips: 8.6% Cairns, Domestic Visitor Nights: 47.6% Cairns, International Visitor Nights: 43.8% Queensland, Domestic Daytrips: 23.9% Queensland, Domestic Visitor Nights: 46.9% Queensland, International Visitor Nights: 29.2%
Source: Tourism Research Australia, Unpublished data from the National Visitor Survey and International Visitor Survey 2016.
Time series - Tourism nights
Time series - Tourism nights Domestic Daytrips: 963,498 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 5,364,683 nights International Visitor Nights: 4,936,170 nights Domestic Daytrips: 879,851 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 4,663,253 nights International Visitor Nights: 5,009,118 nights Domestic Daytrips: 853,720 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 4,778,381 nights International Visitor Nights: 4,506,159 nights Domestic Daytrips: 1,304,437 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 3,778,093 nights International Visitor Nights: 4,784,860 nights Domestic Daytrips: 1,258,811 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 4,262,776 nights International Visitor Nights: 4,188,168 nights Domestic Daytrips: 917,293 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 3,855,632 nights International Visitor Nights: 4,417,018 nights Domestic Daytrips: 764,416 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 4,852,482 nights International Visitor Nights: 4,854,590 nights Domestic Daytrips: 1,012,095 daytrips Domestic Visitor Nights: 3,857,118 nights International Visitor Nights: 5,293,139 nights
Source: Tourism Research Australia, Unpublished data from the National Visitor Survey and International Visitor Survey 2016.
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