The Impact of Working Holiday Makers on the Tourism Economy of Mildura 2010. Dr Jeff Jarvis National Centre for Australian Studies ‘Results Preview 2010” Halls Gap BOAV Tourism Workshop 28 April 2010. Backpackers in Australia 2009 v 2005 Visitor Numbers: Source IVS 2009.
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The Impact of Working Holiday Makers on the Tourism Economy of Mildura 2010
Dr Jeff Jarvis
National Centre for Australian Studies
‘Results Preview 2010”
BOAV Tourism Workshop
28 April 2010
WHM Visas issued 1983/84 – 2008/0927.3% of the Backpacker Market in 2007/08(34% in 08/09) 2008/9 +21.7% Growth over 2007/8 (79.8% growth since 2004/5)
Dept of Immigration and Citizenship study 2007/08:
Estimated each WHM spends over $13,200 in Australia = market value at $1.8 Billion
From 2004/05 to 2008/09 the number of WHM visas issued increased by over 79.8%, from 104,000 to 188,000.
Estimated to account for 23.4% of the backpacker market in 2004/05 and 33.6% in 2008/2009
Over the same time, international visitation to Australia increased by just 4.5% 1]
This growth in the popularity of the WHM visa runs counter-cyclical to the sluggish international arrival trends evident in the Australian tourism industry in recent years.
 Tourism Research Australia (TRA), International Visitor Survey. Superweb data, 2004/05 – 2008/09
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