As of April 2017, Australian residents took 8.6 million trips in 2015-16, an increase of 4.2%. While nights increased at a slower rate, up 1.7% to 164 million nights, spend rose 5.8% to $52.5 billion. This resulted in the average spend increasing to $6,117 per trip, up $93 per trip.
NZ continued as the most popular destination for Australians travelling overseas, with 1.2 million Australian residents visiting NZ in 2015-16. However, the US led the way in nights spent overseas, with Australian travellers spending 20 million nights there in 2015-16. As a destination, the US also received the highest spend by Australians at $8.8 billion.
* insight provided by PEPR Publicity, Australian Tourism Experts and member of the Pangaea Network.