A new survey from Tourism Research Australia has revealed just how much Australian tourism is booming, and it’s a lot. Like, billions and billions of dollars a lot. So much, in fact, that the national tourism industry now earns as much money for the Australian economy as mining does.
In the past year alone, a National Visitor Survey has seen Australian tourism expenditure upping the ante by a whopping $6.3 billion, totalling $121.2 billion in the past year alone.
The survey takes all kinds of costs into account, from shopping and concert tickets to flights, hire cars and accomodation purchased by both domestic and international travellers across the country. It’s a remarkable figure, considering that one of Australia’s other largest industries, mining, also contributed $121 billion to the overall economy last year.
Elsewhere, other interesting results from the survey include a slight increase (6 per cent) in people under 45 years old flying for overnight interstate travel, while over-45s saw an 11 per cent increase in self-driving interstate travel. Elsewhere, it seems the sharing economy is having a big impact on interstate travel; interstate visitors staying at the home of friends or relatives now makes up 36 per cent of all domestic visitation. The full survey results can be found here.