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RDA Sunshine Coast Region

Visitors and nights

In the 5 years up to 2017/18, there were an average of 248,581 international visitors to the RDA Sunshine Coast Region. Average length stay for international visitors was 8.9 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

International visitors
RDA Sunshine Coast Region - 2010/11 to 2017/18RDA Sunshine Coast RegionQueenslandRDA Sunshine Coast 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 average248,5812,203,318--8.94,021,03448,270,134--12.16.24.6
2017/18294,2242,348,109-2.58.04,597,56151,978,138+2.011.36.44.5
2016/17271,7692,408,848+12.88.94,332,47350,938,080+5.211.86.34.7
2015/16244,7662,135,623+7.48.74,025,21448,424,435+3.112.06.14.4
2014/15227,3601,989,066-6.88.73,723,39646,977,193+9.212.66.14.2
2013/14204,7882,134,944-0.310.43,426,52543,032,822-4.012.66.05.0
2012/13207,5512,141,055-4.110.33,526,54344,840,737+9.912.75.94.8
2011/12229,2702,232,201-3.89.73,371,17040,789,227+3.112.16.85.5
2010/11250,1482,321,369--9.33,595,46039,548,405--11.07.05.9

Source: Tourism Research Australia , Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2017/18.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, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 294,224 people 2016/17, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 271,769 people 2015/16, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 244,766 people 2014/15, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 227,360 people 2013/14, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 204,788 people 2012/13, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 207,551 people 2011/12, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 229,270 people 2010/11, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 250,148 people
Source: Tourism Research Australia, Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2017/18.
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