Visitor Estimates: Year Ending March 2018
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 Mar-16||YE Mar-17||YE Mar-18||% Change||3 year AAGR^|
|International Overnight Visitors||95,000||95,000||87,100||-8.3%||-4.2%|
|Interstate Overnight Visitors||135,000||136,000||129,000||-5.1%||-2.2%|
|Intrastate Overnight Visitors||1,367,000||1,222,000||1,242,000||1.6%||-4.7%|
|Domestic Overnight Visitors||1,502,000||1,358,000||1,371,000||1.0%||-4.5%|
|Intrastate Daytrip Visitors*||948,000||1,123,000||1,053,000||-6.2%||5.4%|
Interstate visitors to WA grew by 4.8%, however expenditure has declined by $141 million (-9.3%), and interstate visitor nights were down 16.5%. The Margaret River region saw a 5.1% decline in interstate visitors, suggesting that visitors are travelling to Perth and not dispersing further.
Intrastate visitors to WA increased by 3.6%, but their expenditure also decreased by $288 million (-7.1%). Our region saw a small increase in intrastate visitation of 1.6%.
So, while overall domestic visitation is up 1%, we had 7,000 less interstate visitors (who tend to do and spend more), and spending is down across the domestic market. This is in-line with feedback MRBTA has received from members.
The statistics for Year Ending June 2018 will be released in September 2018.