Oceania – Facts & figures

+2.6% in inbound visitor arrivals for Oceania in 2019

Australia saw 9.4 million visitor arrivals for year ending September 2019, an increase of 2.7% relative to the previous year. Provisional data from the UNWTO for 2019 indicate an increase of 2.6% in international tourist arrivals to the region of Oceania.

After years of strong growth, international arrivals to New Zealand have indeed been softening. New Zealand’s arrivals are expected to remain relatively flat in the near future, but are expected to pick up again in the coming years. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) 2019-2025 international tourism forecasts predicts visitor volumes are estimated to grow to 5.1 million in 2025, up from 3.9 million in 2018. In the year ending July 2019, total arrivals growth was up 2.8% and holiday arrivals fell flat at 0%. Tourism New Zealand expected that holiday arrival growth would remain low or maybe soften further for the remainder of the 2019 calendar year (still not reported at time of writing), before potentially improving in the second half of 2020.


Tourism 2020 is a whole-of-government and industry long-term strategy to build the resilience and competitiveness of Australia’s tourism industry and grow its economic contribution.

Tourism 2020 focuses on improving the industry’s performance and competitiveness by pursuing new opportunities for growth and addressing supply-side factors. The Tourism 2020 goal is to achieve more than AU$115bn (€71bn) in overnight spend by 2020 (up from €43.4bn in 2009).

Australia’s Tourism 2020 project has been focusing on improving the industry’s performance by pursuing opportunities to increase consumer spending and address supply-side factors. The strategy has been implemented in three phases; the nation is nearing the end of the “seeing the results” phase. In 2017/18, Tourism Australia continued to champion Tourism 2020. They also began planning for the years beyond 2020, working with Austrade and state and territory governments as part of an industry-led committee.


Construction of Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport is underway and on track to begin operations in 2026. The airport is a transformational infrastructure project that will generate economic activity, provide employment opportunities closer to home for people in the Western Sydney region, and meet Sydney’s growing aviation needs.

The Australian Government is investing up to AU$5.3bn (€3.3bn) in equity to deliver the airport through a government-owned company, ‘Western Sydney Airport’.

The airport will be a full-service airport operating curfew free, delivering international, domestic and freight services.

Photo: Cook Islands © Christopher Johnson


International tourist arrivals to Australia