Tourism Research Australia has released its Tourism Businesses in Australia report. The report estimates the number of businesses in Australia's tourism industry and includes data on the size of tourism-related businesses, and their main activities and locations across Australia.
Tourism-related businesses are a substantial part of the national economy, accounting for more than one-in-eight of Australia’s 2.3 million businesses. At June 2018, Australia had 302,520 tourism-related businesses – 4.6% more than at June 2017 and 11.7% more than at June 2013.
The Accommodation sector experienced a decline in number of properties. “Despite increased tourism activity, accommodation has seen a reduction in business counts over the last five years, likely due to the less regulated sharing economy.”