December National Visitor Survey confirms large fall in domestic tourism for 2020. TNQ loses $1.2 bn in expenditures

It will come as no surprise, but domestic tourism fell sharply during 2020! The Tourism Research Australia National Visitor Survey for the December quarter (released this morning) shows total (overnight and day trip) visitor numbers fell 38% for the year while expenditure was down 41%.

Queensland fared slightly better with visitor numbers down 35% and expenditure falling 37%.

In Tropical North Queensland the results were a mix of the national and Queensland story; visitor numbers fell 35% and expenditures were down 41% as the average spend on an overnight trip in TNQ fell below $1,000 (actually $998)  for the first time in at least 12 years. Total domestic tourism expenditure in the region was more than $1.2 bn lower than in 2019. Obviously the vast bulk of the more-than $1 bn international expenditure the region usually sees has also disappeared.

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