Latest visitor estimates released: Year Ending June 2017
MRBTA receives visitor estimates for the Margaret River region (from Busselton to Augusta) every three months, via Tourism Research Australia and Tourism Western Australia.
|YE Jun-15||YE Jun-16||YE Jun-17||Growth %|
|International Overnight Visitors||95,500||132,100||128,600||-3|
|Interstate Overnight Visitors||135,000||127,000||127,000||0|
|Intrastate Overnight Visitors||1,175,000||1,342,000||1,274,000||-5|
|Total Overnight Visitors||1,405,500||1,601,100||1,529,600||-4|
|Intrastate Daytrip Visitors^||1,115,000||887,000||1,191,000||34|
- The YE June 2017 data shows day trippers increased by 34%, interstate visitation remained unchanged, while there was small declines in intrastate visitation (down 5%) and international visitation (down 3%). This mirrors anecdotal feedback from tourism operators, who have reported a decline in visitation for the same period.
- The region bucked state trends of a decline in daytrippers (-2%) and interstate (-12%), and held its share of the intrastate market (16%).
- The decline in international visitor numbers follows a 38% increase YE June 2016, which was significantly above the previous trend and outpaced statewide growth. The region’s share of international visitors (13%), whilst still higher than YE June 2015, appears to have returned to more normal levels in YE June 2017.
The statistics for Year Ending September 2017 will be released in December 2017.