Australian Tourism Soars to New Heights, Outshining 2019 Revenue Figures

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Embarking on a remarkable journey against the odds, Australian tourism defies expectations, soaring to new heights and leaving 2019’s revenue figures in the dust.

It’s almost unbelievable, considering a pandemic gripped the world throughout the year, but Australian tourism had a more successful run in 2022 than in 2019.

Australia’s Economy Takes Flight with $143B Surge, Despite Closed Borders and Jetset Shakeup

The State of the Industry report for 2022 by Tourism Research Australia (TRA) revealed that the post-pandemic visitor economy propelled Australia’s total tourism expenditure (from both international and domestic travellers) to an astonishing $143 billion in 2022, surpassing the $138.5 billion generated in 2019 by a notable three per cent.

“The results from our State of the Industry report for 2022 are truly remarkable. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Australia’s tourism industry has displayed incredible resilience, surpassing the pre-pandemic figures from 2019. The significant growth in total tourism expenditure to $143 billion is a testament to the remarkable recovery of the post-pandemic visitor economy. It highlights the enduring appeal of Australia as a destination and the strong commitment of both international and domestic travellers to explore the beauty and wonders our country has to offer. We are delighted to see such positive growth and remain optimistic about the future of Australia’s tourism industry,” said a spokesperson from Tourism Research Australia.

With Australia’s borders closed at the beginning of 2022, international tourism spending amounted to $12.7 billion, a 59 per cent decrease from the $31.4 billion spent in 2019.

This decline aligns with the reduced number of flight seats available for travel to Australia, which dropped from 26.8 million in 2019 to 12.1 million in 2022, marking a substantial 55 per cent decrease.

In contrast, Australian residents who embarked on overnight trips away from home splurged $101.3 billion last year, a remarkable 25 per cent increase compared to the $80.7 billion accumulated three years earlier.

This increase in domestic expenditure occurred despite a 16 per cent decrease in available domestic flight seats, totalling 65.2 million in 2022 as opposed to 77.5 million in 2019.

Moreover, day tourism spending (for non-routine purposes, encompassing trips of more than four hours and 50km round-trip from home) soared by 10 per cent in 2022, amounting to $29 billion (as compared to $26.3 billion in 2019).

Accommodations Rise to the Occasion, Defying Air Travel Woes! Workforce Shortages Linger Amidst Tourism’s Triumphs

Unexpectedly, while air travel faced challenges in 2022, the availability of accommodations within Australia rose compared to 2019, with a total of 316,100 rooms offered in 2022 (in properties with 10+ rooms) in contrast to the 304,900 rooms available three years prior.

Despite the overall surge in tourism expenditure in 2022, there were noticeable workforce shortages, as the number of employed individuals in the tourism industry declined from 757,500 in 2019 to 676,400 in 2022.

Recently, the Australian Tourism Exchange 2023 (ATE23), Tourism Australia’s largest annual trade event, took place on the Gold Coast, attracting approximately 2,300 participants to this grand occasion.

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