Cashed up: Increasing international travel to Australia boosts demand for industry services

Demand for foreign currency exchange services has strongly grown over the past five years as world economies have become more interconnected. Growth in the volume of foreign currency exchange transactions is expected to be underpinned by the rising volume of people travelling in and out of Australia. Strong growth in the number of international students choosing to study in Australia has also contributed to the rise in industry demand over the period. Over the five years through 2017-18, industry revenue is forecast to grow at an annualised 4.5% to reach $1.7 billion. Industry revenue is expected to grow by 3.1% in the current year as the number of overseas visitors and international students entering Australia continues to more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The increasing number of overseas tourists and students has driven revenue growth
  • Kiosks and banks have enhanced their online offerings over the past five years
  • Profitability is likely to rise due to the growing proportion of transactions conducted online
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Foreign Currency Exchange Services industry exhibits low market share concentration. While Travelex is the largest industry operator, the big four banks, other commercial banks and deposit-taking institutions play a significant role in the industry due to their size and scope of operations. Due to the industry's strong performance over the past five years, many new operators, particularly online platforms, have entered the market over the period, reducing the industry's market share concentration. Despite this, industry concentration is expected to rise over the next five years, as larger players snap up struggling participants and online foreign currency exchange platforms. ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Foreign Currency Exchange Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Foreign Currency Exchange Services Industry are

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Having a good reputation
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as International travel to Australia and International travel by Australians in the Foreign Currency Exchange Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Foreign Currency Exchange Services Industry?

    Firms in this industry offer retail foreign currency exchange services to the public. The industry excludes wholesale foreign currency dealing services to institutions and investors.

    Industry Products
  • Kiosk operations
  • Retail bank foreign exchange
  • Online foreign exchange
  • Instore foreign exchange
  • Industry Activities
  • Currency exchange services through and online outlets
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • International travel to Australia
  • International travel by Australians
  • Number of foreign students
  • Net migration
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Fluctuating Australian dollar
  • Tourism and travel
  • Moving online
  • Profitability and other trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Tourism and travel
  • Profitability and technology
  • Table: Foreign Currency Exchange Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Foreign Currency Exchange Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer and Software Retailing
  • Financial Planning and Investment Advice
  • National and Regional Commercial Banks

  • Products & Services
  • Retail bank foreign exchange
  • Kiosk operations
  • Online foreign exchange
  • Instore foreign exchange
  • Chart: Foreign Currency Exchange Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 41 to 60 years
  • Consumers aged 26 to 40 years
  • Consumers aged 25 years and under
  • Consumers aged 61 years and older
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Foreign Currency Exchange Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Foreign Currency Exchange Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Foreign Currency Exchange Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Travelex Limited, Travelex Limited,
  • Table: Travelex Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Travelex Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Foreign Currency Exchange Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Foreign Currency Exchange Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Bid-Ask Spread
  • The difference between the buying and selling price of a currency.
  • Hedging
  • An investment position that aims to offset any risk posed by a companion investment.
  • Spot Rate
  • The immediate market price for a foreign currency.
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