Economic value of tourism

Victoria's Visitor Economy

  • Total tourism expenditure in Victoria reached $28.2 billion in the year ending September 2018, representing an increase of 8.6 per cent year-on-year. This equates to growth of 8.2 per cent per annum over the last five years or an additional $9.2 billion in visitor spend.
  • Domestic expenditure (daytrip and overnight combined) represents 71 per cent of total tourism expenditure in Victoria. This comprises of domestic daytrip spend ($5.3 billion) and domestic overnight spend ($14.6 billion), which have experienced year-on-year growth of 5.4 per cent and 9.8 per cent respectively.
  • International overnight spend in Victoria reached $8.3 billion in the year ending September 2018, representing growth of 8.6 per cent compared to the previous year.
  • Total visitors to and within Victoria increased 8.2 per cent over the previous year to 82.3 million, representing an increase of 5.5 per cent per annum over the last five years or an additional 19.4 million visitors.
  • Total visitor nights spent in Victoria reached 143.6 million in the year ending September 2018, representing an increase of 6.2 per cent year-on-year.

Victoria's Visitor Economy - latest results

Infographic below shows results taken from the International and National Visitor Survey for the year ending September 2018, published by Tourism Research Australia, January 2019.

nfo graphic explaining the chain of figures previously described on this page under the heading Victoria's Visitor Economy. The graphic uses a man symbol representing total visitors linked to a bed symbol representing total visitor nights linking a stack of coins symbol for total tourism spend. Together this equals total spends as described in the above text.isitors to Victoria

Tourism is a significant economic driver for Victoria. In 2016-17 tourism in Victoria was estimated to be worth $24.8 billion to the economy in Gross State Product and generated approximately 214,500 jobs.1

Further detail about Victoria's visitor economy is available on the Tourism Industry Resources website.

1. Source: 2016-17 State Tourism Satellite Account, Tourism Research Australia, released April 2018.

Page last updated: 20 February 2019