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RDA Sunshine Coast Region

Visitors and nights

In the 5 years up to 2018/19, there were an average of 266,683 international visitors to the RDA Sunshine Coast Region. Average length stay for international visitors was 8.6 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 2018/19RDA 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 average266,6832,292,520--8.64,240,36350,242,082--11.96.34.6
2018/19312,1792,639,726+12.08.54,740,36053,205,829+1.911.26.65.0
2017/18295,0312,357,065-0.48.04,620,00652,197,189+3.111.36.44.5
2016/17264,1242,366,003+12.79.04,244,78350,614,105+4.711.96.24.7
2015/16237,5992,099,697+5.08.83,943,00948,338,277+3.212.36.04.3
2014/15224,4832,000,108-6.08.93,653,65746,855,007+8.512.86.14.3
2013/14201,0312,127,296+2.010.63,389,36643,175,470-4.212.75.94.9
2012/13203,7912,085,078-7.610.23,490,26845,079,307+10.412.95.84.6
2011/12227,6102,255,691-1.19.93,338,48840,838,125+4.612.26.85.5
2010/11244,6672,280,763--9.33,534,75239,056,633--11.06.95.8

Source: Tourism Research Australia , Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2018/19.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, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 312,179 people 2017/18, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 295,031 people 2016/17, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 264,124 people 2015/16, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 237,599 people 2014/15, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 224,483 people 2013/14, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 201,031 people 2012/13, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 203,791 people 2011/12, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 227,610 people 2010/11, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 244,667 people
Source: Tourism Research Australia, Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2018/19.
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