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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Visitors and nights

In the 5 years up to 2017/18, there were an average of 2,178,546 domestic overnight visitors to the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region. Average length stay for domestic daytrip visitors was 2.8 days, lower than the average for Queensland.

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

Domestic overnight visitors
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - 2010/11 to 2017/18RDA Darling Downs and South West RegionQueenslandRDA Darling Downs and South West Region as a % of Queensland
YearVisitorsVisitor nights % change from previous yearAverage length of stay (days) VisitorsVisitor nights% change from previous yearAverage length of stay (days)VisitorsVisitor nights
5 year average2,178,5465,998,436--2.823,394,68778,866,855--3.49.37.6
2017/182,354,5106,581,688+4.72.825,448,79386,778,844+7.53.49.37.6
2016/172,277,4506,286,282+11.42.824,214,96180,729,253+5.23.39.47.8
2015/162,177,5605,645,138-5.72.623,323,80776,702,682+0.13.39.37.4
2014/152,232,3735,988,777+9.12.722,730,21176,645,948+4.33.49.87.8
2013/141,864,3355,490,297-4.12.921,424,15673,477,550-1.13.48.77.5
2012/131,988,4545,723,453+3.02.921,135,18574,292,519+0.23.59.47.7
2011/121,955,2975,556,022+35.92.821,384,65474,139,111+7.03.59.17.5
2010/111,701,6394,087,737--2.419,897,20569,289,686--3.58.65.9

Source: Tourism Research Australia , Unpublished data from the National Visitor Survey 2017/18.

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.

Domestic overnight visitors
Domestic overnight visitors 2017/18, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2,354,510 people 2016/17, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2,277,450 people 2015/16, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2,177,560 people 2014/15, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2,232,373 people 2013/14, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1,864,335 people 2012/13, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1,988,454 people 2011/12, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1,955,297 people 2010/11, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1,701,639 people
Source: Tourism Research Australia, Unpublished data from the National Visitor Survey 2017/18.
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