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Western Downs Regional Council area

Visitors and nights

In the 5 years up to 2018/19, there were an average of 9,083 international visitors to Western Downs Regional Council area. Average length stay for international visitors was 18.0 days, higher than the average for Regional QLD.

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
Western Downs Regional Council area - 2010/11 to 2018/19Western Downs Regional Council areaRegional QLDWestern Downs Regional Council area as a % of Regional QLD
YearVisitorsVisitor nights % change from previous yearAverage length of stay (days) VisitorsVisitor nights% change from previous yearAverage length of stay (days)VisitorsVisitor nights
5 year average9,083161,554--18.02,883,06924,674,021--8.60.30.7
2018/1910,516126,366--12.03,191,75626,368,682+4.68.30.30.5
2017/18--------3,139,67725,216,768+4.48.00.30.7
2016/17--------2,911,58124,152,046+0.48.30.20.3
2015/168,543166,474-34.219.52,674,90324,066,624+2.19.00.30.7
2014/1511,246252,851-8.222.52,497,42923,565,986+5.09.40.51.1
2013/148,262275,426-9.533.32,324,33222,445,690-3.09.70.41.2
2012/1310,705304,167+16.128.42,390,44723,140,060+5.49.70.51.3
2011/1210,199261,893+316.525.72,325,69821,950,759+4.19.40.41.2
2010/115,65962,876--11.12,500,28521,093,728--8.40.20.3

Source: Tourism Research Australia , Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2018/19.

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 2018/19, Western Downs Regional Council area: 10,516 people 2015/16, Western Downs Regional Council area: 8,543 people 2014/15, Western Downs Regional Council area: 11,246 people 2013/14, Western Downs Regional Council area: 8,262 people 2012/13, Western Downs Regional Council area: 10,705 people 2011/12, Western Downs Regional Council area: 10,199 people 2010/11, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5,659 people
Source: Tourism Research Australia, Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2018/19.
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