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Western Downs Regional Council area

Visitors and nights

In the 5 years up to 2017/18, there were an average of 8,561 international visitors to Western Downs Regional Council area. Average length stay for international visitors was 25.4 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 2017/18Western 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 average8,561191,598--25.42,772,78924,183,760--8.80.30.8
2017/18--------3,124,85425,075,796+1.28.00.30.7
2016/17--------3,012,81924,781,016+1.48.20.20.4
2015/168,380166,242-34.819.82,767,35024,444,902+2.18.80.30.7
2014/1511,425254,882-9.022.32,576,27323,949,458+5.79.30.41.1
2013/148,245280,173-10.134.02,382,64922,667,625-2.79.50.41.2
2012/1310,256311,684+21.530.42,445,60923,293,821+5.49.50.41.3
2011/129,738256,486+340.126.32,375,30922,089,942+3.29.30.41.2
2010/115,54658,281--10.52,565,41321,405,169--8.30.20.3

Source: Tourism Research Australia , Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2017/18.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 2015/16, Western Downs Regional Council area: 8,380 people 2014/15, Western Downs Regional Council area: 11,425 people 2013/14, Western Downs Regional Council area: 8,245 people 2012/13, Western Downs Regional Council area: 10,256 people 2011/12, Western Downs Regional Council area: 9,738 people 2010/11, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5,546 people
Source: Tourism Research Australia, Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2017/18.
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