Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 - Roy Morgan Research

Ever since the GFC, Australians’ total annual holiday spend has remained relatively static. Though the cost per person per trip has risen steadily, Aussies aren’t travelling as much – indeed, a growing number aren’t travelling at all.

Ever since the Global Financial Crisis, Australians’ total annual holiday spend has remained relatively static at $65 billion, the latest Roy Morgan Single Source Survey shows. Although the cost per person per trip has risen steadily, Aussies aren’t travelling as much as they were even three years ago – indeed, a growing number aren’t travelling at all.

In the twelve months to April 2001, Australians spent $31 billion on holidays. Compared to that, $65 billion for the year to April 2013 is a large increase. But, since peaking at $66 billion in September 2009, the annual total spend has rarely crept above $65 billion.

Holiday spend by New Zealanders ($10.0 billion) has remained similarly flat since the GFC.

Source:Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), May 2000 - April 2013, average annual sample n = 22,412

Jane Ianniello, International Director of Tourism, Travel & Leisure, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“Despite a growing population and increasing CPI, the total holiday spend by Australians has not increased since the Global Financial Crisis. Australians have been cutting down their household spending by taking fewer holidays per year: whereas Australians took 59 million holidays in the twelve months to September 2009, this figure dropped to 54 million holidays in the year to April 2013. And since June 2012, an increasing number of Australians are taking no annual holiday at all.

“Our data shows that Australians have been heading overseas more for their holidays since the GFC, but in their bid to save money they’re compensating by cutting back on the number of domestic holidays they take.

“It is important for the tourism industry to understand the demographics, attitudes and behavioural profile of their target market, so as to tailor appropriate messages that motivate them to choose their product or service.”

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