August TRA update shows how well QLD has been doing

Tourism Research Australia have been providing monthly snapshot updates on domestic travel and today we saw the August numbers. What we see is that since March 2020 domestic overnight expenditure has fallen across the nation by 23%, in Queensland expenditure is up 59% and regional Queensland is up an astonishing …read more

Domestic tourism; the Far North’s saviour for now

As we noted a few weeks ago when the National Visitor Survey results for the June quarter came out (see here for details), the Far North had done somewhat better (although with an almost 13% drop in visitor numbers ‘better’ is relative) than the nation as a whole. Today we …read more

Google Community Mobility data shows the country recovering as Victoria emerges from its lockdown

With restrictions slowly being relaxed in Victoria the latest Google Community Mobility data (to Oct 16th) shows that economic life across the nation continues to, slowly, improve. Using our Economic Activity Index (the 7-day moving average of the Google Community Indexes without the Parks and Residential measures) we see activity …read more

Cairns airport slowly improving

While international travellers through Cairns airport remain virtually non-existent (241 in Sept) domestic passengers continue to improve, albeit slowly. Passengers, including those transiting through Cairns, were down 69% from a year earlier; in August the decline was 77%. There’s a long way to go!

Google Mobility data shows QLD’s regions leading the State’s performance

After a spell of limited data coming from the Google Community Mobility data (due to them revising a few of the indexes) we now have data up to the end of Sept (data available here). The combined indexes show a generally stabilising trend over recent weeks. Victoria has partially recovered …read more

National Visitor Survey confirms TNQ did ‘better’ than most regions in year to June

The release today by Tourism Research Australia’s National Visitor Survey for the year to June (see here for details) shows domestic visitor numbers fell by 18.8% for the year across the nation with expenditure down 16.2%,  In Queensland the declines were similar, visitors fell 19.3% while expenditure was down 15.6%. …read more

Airport Passenger numbers start to rebound in Cairns

The re-starting of the domestic tourism industry is clearly underway in the Far North. The latest data from the Cairns Airport show total passenger numbers jumping to 109,104 in July (from a low in 11,153 in April). Although total passenger numbers are down 78% from a year earlier the domestic …read more

Why the ABS have suspended many Trend series…an example

As the extreme impacts on a raft of economic data collected by them became clear the ABS, in many instances, have suspended the production of their Trend estimates. The reason the ABS have provided is along the lines of the following (which relates specifically to the Labour Force data but …read more

March tourism data shows the scale of the COVID-19 impact in the Far North

Tourism Research Australia have released their International and National Visitor Surveys for the year to March 2020 today (see here). This is the first of the quarterly data that will start to exhibit some of the COVID-19 related impacts. The pandemic began to affect travel from China early in 2020, …read more

Updated model projections and what would happen if JobKeeper was extended

Much has happened since we last updated our model projections. We’ve had the ABS regional labour force data (see here for commentary and the Conus/CBC Staff Selection Trends) which showed large declines in participation across the nation, state and regions; the ABS produced their Payroll data up to the week …read more

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