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^|
|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 international visitor survey statistics are yet to be released. Members will be notified as soon as these are available.
The statistics for Year Ending June 2018 will be released in September 2018.