Aussies spending up on domestic travel

AUSSIES are spending more on domestic travel around the country, with a jump in spending last year to about $1 billion every single week on leisure and business trips.

The latest Tourism Research Australia national visitors' survey, released on Wednesday, found overnight spending by Australians on domestic travel jumped 3% last year.

It found while overnight trips were only up 1.8% during 2013, spending had risen across day trips, business and leisure travel, with a 12% bump to holiday spending, up to $30 billion for the year.

Peak industry body the Tourism and Transport Forum welcomed the news, with chief executive Ken Morrison saying overall spending had totalled $51.5 billion on domestic travel.

"Spending is the best indicator of how the domestic tourism market is tracking and these positive figures show solid growth which is a great result for the industry and underlines tourism's potential as an economic development strategy for Australia," he said.

"Increased spending means a better performance for the 283,000 tourism businesses across the country, which benefits the 540,000 Australians directly employed in tourism.

"The growth in domestic overnight travel was driven by the holiday segment which saw 4.0 per cent growth in trips and 5.0 per cent growth in spending."

While the figures don not break down into individual towns or regional areas, it does show which states did best, with the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Tasmania leading the pack.

The Sunshine State recorded a 2% bump in domestic travel spending, outdone by NSW on an 8% rise and Tasmania a 7%, while the ACT had a massive 13% bump - possibly aligned with a federal election year.

Elsewhere, the Northern Territory performed worse of all jurisdictions, with domestic travel spending down a whopping 14% and Victoria down 2%, with most other areas steady.

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