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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Visitors and nights

In the 5 years up to 2017/18, there were an average of 9,542 international visitors to Southern Downs Regional Council area. Average length stay for international visitors was 43.3 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
Southern Downs Regional Council area - 2010/11 to 2017/18Southern Downs Regional Council areaRegional QLDSouthern 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 average9,542412,789--43.32,772,78924,183,760--8.80.31.7
2017/1812,696482,246-5.138.03,124,85425,075,796+1.28.00.41.9
2016/1711,073508,078+89.445.93,012,81924,781,016+1.48.20.42.1
2015/167,393268,227-45.136.32,767,35024,444,902+2.18.80.31.1
2014/158,718488,161+53.956.02,576,27323,949,458+5.79.30.32.0
2013/147,829317,231-15.840.52,382,64922,667,625-2.79.50.31.4
2012/137,877376,552+47.247.82,445,60923,293,821+5.49.50.31.6
2011/128,240255,881-15.431.12,375,30922,089,942+3.29.30.41.2
2010/1110,622302,337--28.52,565,41321,405,169--8.30.41.4

Source: Tourism Research Australia , Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2017/18.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

International visitors
International visitors 2017/18, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 12,696 people 2016/17, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 11,073 people 2015/16, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 7,393 people 2014/15, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 8,718 people 2013/14, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 7,829 people 2012/13, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 7,877 people 2011/12, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 8,240 people 2010/11, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 10,622 people
Source: Tourism Research Australia, Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2017/18.
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