RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Tourism visitor summary

For 2018/19, there were 337,941 international visitors nights in the Southern Downs Regional Council area, accounting for 17.1% 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.

Data source

Tourism Research Australia – Survey data

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Visitor nights - Numbers
Southern Downs Regional Council area - 2010/11 to 2018/19Southern Downs Regional Council area Queensland
YearInternational Visitor NightsDomestic Visitor NightsDomestic DaytripsInternational Visitor NightsDomestic Visitor NightsDomestic Daytrips
2018/19337,941986,309652,08753,205,83096,473,27946,772,437
2017/18481,7971,124,556506,83152,197,19086,675,51941,267,984
2016/17485,337765,315440,99150,614,10680,200,19138,197,973
2015/16254,625867,246588,53148,338,27876,702,68240,375,689
2014/15458,001648,814584,86346,855,00776,642,63537,837,188
2013/14308,138703,619--43,175,47073,477,55036,852,935
2012/13357,966738,490562,56045,079,30874,286,25838,393,889
2011/12252,019728,505--40,838,12674,139,11237,134,573
2010/11286,445751,520--39,056,63369,289,68634,680,828

Source: Tourism Research Australia, Unpublished data from the National Visitor Survey and International Visitor Survey 2018/19. Note: "--" represents unavailable data or data that has been suppressed due to a sample size of 40 or less.

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Visitor nights - Percentage
Southern Downs Regional Council area - 2010/11 to 2018/19Southern Downs Regional Council area Queensland
Year International Visitor Nights(%)Domestic Visitor Nights(%)Domestic Daytrips(%)International Visitor Nights(%)Domestic Visitor Nights(%)Domestic Daytrips(%)
2018/1917.149.933.027.149.123.8
2017/1822.853.224.029.048.122.9
2016/1728.745.226.129.947.522.6
2015/1614.950.734.429.246.424.4
2014/1527.138.434.629.047.523.5
2013/14------28.147.924.0
2012/1321.644.533.928.647.124.3
2011/12------26.848.724.4
2010/11------27.348.424.2

Source: Tourism Research Australia, Unpublished data from the National Visitor Survey and International Visitor Survey 2018/19. Note: "--" represents unavailable data or data that has been suppressed due to a sample size of 40 or less.

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