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Tourism Satellite Account March 2019

The Tourism Satellite Account for 2019 has been released.

All information is to Year End March 2019.

Top-line results:

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Therefore overall GDP contribution is 9.8%
  • 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

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