International Visitors Survey stats show backpacker sector strugglingApril 3rd, 2019 | | backpacker
Not pretty! Is the best way to describe the latest IVS stats from Tourism Australia. The backpacker sector was down 3.8% for visitors in the December 2018 quarter based on the same figures from 2017.
Overall backpacker numbers for NSW were down 4.2%, Vic down 1.5%, Queensland down 3.9%, SA down 9.7%, WA down 7.5%, Tas down 1.6%, NT down 7.1% and ACT down 8.7%.
Visitor nights were also down overall by 8.3% with the worst affected, NSW, down 11.4% and WA down 15.9%.
Average visitor nights overall dropped from 71 to 67 but expenditure per person remained roughly the same at $5180. However, average expenditure per night rose from $73 to $77 overall. (see table 3C)
In overall ranking by destination, Sydney remains at #1 followed by Melbourne, Brisbane, TNQ, Perth, North coast NSW (Byron), Gold Coast, Adelaide , Whitsundays, Sunshine Coast. (see table 9B)
International visitor nights by type of accommodation used shows the backpacker accommodation down 9% overall. What the results did reveal, was the increase on “other commercial accommodation” by a whopping 27.8% at the expense of all other types of accommodation except “rented apartment” and “other private accommodation”. You can be the judge of that one. (see table 8)
Source: International Visitor Survey
Written by Mike Barrow