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As an island-continent, tracking the number of foreign visitors to and around Australia is relatively simpler than other nations with bordering countries, as movements of passengers are easier to monitor. Australia, with its diverse landscapes, agreeable climate and positive reputation as an international tourist destination makes for a robust tourism industry that fuels local and national economies.This FACT indicates the number of tourists (departures from the city of longest stay) for each of the Australian capital cities. This data is represented in thousands.
These figures relate to the number of domestic journeys each traveller makes, rather than the number of travellers. This affords a better insight into the number of tourists in each city, or the most popular cites with tourists, and not the number of travellers to Australia as a whole. The ABS statistics makes sure to exclude the movements of operational air and ship crew, transit passengers who pass through Australia but are not cleared for entry, passengers on pleasure cruises commencing and finishing in Australia, and unauthorised arrivals.
According to the ABS data from 2012-13, the capital city with the highest number of tourists is - unsurprisingly - Sydney, with 2,239,100 tourists in 2011. The city with the lowest number of tourists is Hobart, which may partly be explained by its geographical location, with 54,500 in the same year.