Tourism Satellite Account
Last updated: 13 December 2017
The Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) 2017 provides a picture of the role tourism plays in New Zealand, with information on the changing levels and impact of tourism activity. It presents information on tourism's contribution to the New Zealand economy in terms of expenditure and employment.
Summary year to March 2017 (released December 2017)
- Total tourism expenditure was $36.0 billion, an increase of 1.9 per cent from the previous year.
- International tourism expenditure decreased 0.9 per cent ($135 million) to $14.5 billion, and contributed 20.7 per cent to New Zealand’s total exports of goods and services.
- Domestic tourism expenditure increased 4.0 per cent ($820 million) to $21.4 billion.
- Tourism generated a direct contribution to GDP of $14.7 billion, or 5.9 per cent of GDP.
- The indirect value added of industries supporting tourism generated an additional $11.3 billion for tourism, or 4.6 per cent of GDP.
- 230,793 people were directly employed in tourism (8.4 per cent of the total number of people employed in New Zealand), an increase of 9.3 per cent from the previous year.
- Tourists generated $3.3 billion in goods and services tax (GST) revenue.
- Overseas visitor arrivals to New Zealand increased 8.9 per cent.
The Tourism Satellite Account: 2017 includes revisions made to the derivation of both the domestic and international tourism expenditure series. These revisions have caused changes to the value of tourism expenditure in the New Zealand economy, and affected the official TSA time series back to 1999.
Revisions to the expenditure series reflect:
- The timeliness of balanced annual national accounts data, which has been improved by one year. This has enabled the incorporation of additional detailed tourism industry and commodity tables, along with more timely employment data by industry, up to the year ended March 2016.
- The GST paid on purchases by tourists, which stems from work undertaken to review and improve the way GST is allocated to tourism-related goods and services. A full review of GST rates on all goods and services will take place in 2018 as part of the annual National Accounts. This may result in further refinements to GST in Tourism Satellite Account: 2018.
- Changes to source data used to derive international student expenditure from 2004.
- Methodological refinements to the Household Tourism Expenditure Estimates (HTEE) data sources, including the incorporation of 2016 Annual Enterprise Survey (AES) data.
- Incorporation of 2016 methodological improvements to national accounts and nominal GDP statistics.
More detailed TSA data and technical information is available on the Statistics NZ website.
Tourism industry ratios have changed because of these revisions. These ratios are the proportion of an industry’s output that is consumed by tourists and are used to calculate value added and tourism employment estimates. As a result of the ratio changes, Statistics New Zealand has revised the value added time series back to 1999. Together with the ratio changes, they have revised the tourism employment time series back to 2000.
2017 Tourism Satellite Account Tables
Tourism Satellite Account 2017: Excel Tables 19-26 [XLS 78KB]
Note | Tables 19-26 contain detailed tables for the year ended March 2016.
2016 Tourism Satellite Acount Tables
Tourism Satellite Account 2016: Excel Tables 19-26 [XLS 60KB]
Note | Tables 19-26 contain detailed tables for the year ended March 2013.
2015 Tourism Satellite Acount Tables
Tourism Satellite Account 2015: Excel Tables 17-24 [XLS 118KB]
Note | Tables 17-24 contain detailed tables for the year ended March 2012.
2014 Tourism Satellite Account Tables
Tourism Satellite Account 2014: Excel Tables 17-24 [XLS 129KB]
Note | Tables 17-24 contain detailed tables for the year ended March 2011.