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National Tourism Satellite Account 2017-18

National Tourism Satellite Account, Tourism Research Australia, May 2019

The Australian Tourism Satellite Account is published each year and provides measures of Tourism Gross Value Added, Tourism Gross Domestic Product, tourism employment and tourism trade. This enables government and industry to compare the value of tourism with other industries in the economy.

In 2017–18, total tourist consumption was $143 billion, which resulted in:

  • $57.3 billion in GDP to the economy (3.1% of the national total)
  • Employment of 646,000 persons (5.2% of the Australian workforce)
  • Exports of $37.4 billion from international visitors to Australia
  • Imports of $54.0 billion from Australian residents travelling overseas

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The national TSA is compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) using an internationally accepted framework designed by the OECD and the UNWTO. For more information on the framework, see the ABS website.

More detailed tables can also be found on the ABS website.


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