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Sunshine Coast Council area

Visitors and nights

In the 5 years up to 2017/18, there were an average of 101,231 international visitors to Sunshine Coast Council area. Average length stay for international visitors was 13.0 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
Sunshine Coast Council area - 2010/11 to 2017/18Sunshine Coast Council areaRegional QLDSunshine Coast 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 average101,2311,300,527--13.02,772,78924,183,760--8.83.65.4
2017/18128,8961,490,889+13.211.63,124,85425,075,796+1.28.04.16.0
2016/17100,7671,317,053+5.313.13,012,81924,781,016+1.48.23.35.3
2015/1697,7261,251,297+13.412.82,767,35024,444,902+2.18.83.55.1
2014/1589,9211,103,784-17.612.32,576,27323,949,458+5.79.33.54.6
2013/1488,8431,339,612-9.215.12,382,64922,667,625-2.79.53.75.9
2012/1393,5711,475,340+5.015.82,445,60923,293,821+5.49.53.86.3
2011/12116,4981,405,115-0.712.12,375,30922,089,942+3.29.34.96.4
2010/11121,9261,414,992--11.62,565,41321,405,169--8.34.86.6

Source: Tourism Research Australia , Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2017/18.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, Sunshine Coast Council area: 128,896 people 2016/17, Sunshine Coast Council area: 100,767 people 2015/16, Sunshine Coast Council area: 97,726 people 2014/15, Sunshine Coast Council area: 89,921 people 2013/14, Sunshine Coast Council area: 88,843 people 2012/13, Sunshine Coast Council area: 93,571 people 2011/12, Sunshine Coast Council area: 116,498 people 2010/11, Sunshine Coast Council area: 121,926 people
Source: Tourism Research Australia, Unpublished data from the International Visitor Survey 2017/18.
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