Domestic tourists spending more on eating out and takeaway meals

The latest data released this week from the National Visitor Survey (NVS) has shown an increased overnight spend on restaurant and takeaway meals by domestic tourists, both in terms of the dollar amount and as a proportion of overall expenditure.

For the year ending March 2017, domestic tourists spent $9.7 billion on meals from restaurants and takeaway food outlets, up from just under $9 billion for the corresponding 12 months in 2016.

The total expenditure on restaurant and takeaway meals represented roughly 15.8 per cent of the overall overnight spend by domestic tourists of $61.7 billion for the year ending March 2017.

Expenditure on restaurant and takeaway meals was also the second highest out of all listed subcategories after accommodation. Other subcategories listed included domestic airfares, package and organised tours, shopping and entertainment.

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) CEO John Hart said that the increasing overnight spend captured by Australia’s cafés, restaurants and takeaway food outlets underscored the strong performance of the sector as a whole.

“We’ve seen consistent growth in terms of overall turnover for the café, restaurant and takeaway food sector which continues to be a standout performer for the Australian economy.

“Today’s figures from the National Visitor Survey are yet another indication that domestic tourists consider sampling Australia’s dining scene as one of the most important aspects of their trip,” Hart said.

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