Tourism and the economy

The Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) report presents information on tourism's contribution to the New Zealand economy in terms of expenditure and employment.

Latest Tourism Satellite Account — Dec 2019

Stats NZ develops and publishes the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) with funding we provide.

The 2019 TSA report provides a picture of the role tourism plays in New Zealand, with information on the changing levels and impact of tourism activity. Results cover provisional figures for the year ended March 2019, and detailed results for 2018.

Tourism Satellite Account: 2019 [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Tourism Satellite Account 2019: Excel Tables 1-18 [XLSX, 190 KB]

Tourism Satellite Account 2019: Excel Tables 19-26 [XLSX, 79 KB]

Note: Tables 19-26 contain detailed tables for the year ended March 2018.

2019 Key Provisional Estimates

Key provisional estimates for the year ended March 2019 included:

  • Total tourism expenditure was $40.9 billion, an increase of 4.0 percent ($1.6 billion) from the previous year.
  • International tourism expenditure increased 5.2 percent ($843 million) to $17.2 billion, and contributed 20.4 percent to New Zealand’s total exports of goods and services.
  • Domestic tourism expenditure increased 3.3 percent ($746 million) to $23.7 billion.
  • Tourism generated a direct contribution to GDP of $16.2 billion, or 5.8 percent of GDP.
  • The indirect value added of industries supporting tourism generated an additional $11.2 billion, or 4.0 percent of GDP.
  • 229,566 people were directly employed in tourism (8.4 percent of the total number of people employed in New Zealand), an increase of 3.9 percent from the previous year.
  • Tourists generated $3.8 billion in goods and services tax (GST) revenue, with $1.8 billion coming from international tourists.
  • Overseas visitor arrivals to New Zealand increased 1.3 percent.

2019 Revisions

The Tourism satellite account: 2019 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 include:

  • incorporating updated living cost ratios (from 2018) and historic changes to export education levy data used to derive international student expenditure
  • updated cruise expenditure estimates including the combined impact of revised traveller by port statistics, changes to existing expenditure sources, and additional data providers
  • GST paid on purchases by tourists stemming from further refinements to the work undertaken in 2018 to improve the way GST is allocated to tourism-related goods and services
  • methodological improvements to how we:
    • integrated Household tourism expenditure estimates (HTEE) with Annual enterprise survey (AES) data across the timeseries
    • incorporated 2018 AES data
    • updated supplementary data sources
  • 2018 methodological improvements to national accounts, including revised nominal GDP statistics in 2017 and 2018.

Tourism industry ratios are impacted 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, we revised the value added-time series back to 1999. Together with the ratio changes, we revised the tourism employment time series back to 2000.

More data

More detailed Tourism Satellite Account data and technical information is available on Stats NZ's website.

Stats NZ — Tourism(external link)

Previous Tourism Satellite Account tables

2018 Tourism Satellite Account Tables

Tourism Satellite Account 2018: Excel Tables 1-18 [XLSX, 193 KB]

Tourism Satellite Account 2018: Excel Tables 19-26 [XLSX, 82 KB]

Note: Tables 19-26 contain detailed tables for the year ended March 2017.

2017 Tourism Satellite Account Tables

Tourism Satellite Account 2017: Excel Tables 1-18 [XLSX, 189 KB]

Tourism Satellite Account 2017: Excel Tables 19-26 [XLSX, 78 KB]

Note: Tables 19-26 contain detailed tables for the year ended March 2016.

2016 Tourism Satellite Account Tables

Tourism Satellite Account 2016: Excel Tables 1-16 [XLSX, 154 KB]

Tourism Satellite Account 2016: Excel Tables 19-26 [XLSX, 60 KB]

Note: Tables 19-26 contain detailed tables for the year ended March 2013.

2015 Tourism Satellite Account Tables

Tourism Satellite Account 2015: Excel Tables 1-14 [XLSX, 185 KB]

Tourism Satellite Account 2015: Excel Tables 17-24 [XLSX, 57 KB]

Note: Tables 17-24 contain detailed tables for the year ended March 2012.

2014 Tourism Satellite Account Tables

Tourism Satellite Account 2014: Excel Tables 1-14 [XLSX, 193 KB]

Tourism Satellite Account 2014: Excel Tables 17-24 [XLSX, 69 KB]

Note: Tables 17-24 contain detailed tables for the year ended March 2011.

Last updated: 12 December 2019