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July 3, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Tourism is now worth AUD 25 billion to the Queensland economy and supports more than 225,000 direct and indirect jobs – and the same bonanza is evident in other Australian states, new figures released last week reveal.

State tourism satellite accounts released by Tourism Research Australia show tourism’s value to Australia in 2015-16, a year in which almost a million people worked in tourism, with direct and indirect employment in the industry reaching 934,300.

In short:

  • Tourism consumption grew 6.1% to reach AUD 129.9 billion.
  • Employment in the tourism industry grew 1.2% to reach 580,000 people.
  • GDP contribution grew 7.4% to reach AUD 52.9 billion.

Between 2006-07 and 2015-16, the contribution – and thus relative importance – of international tourism to total consumption increased in the following states and territories:

  • Victoria: 31%, up from 23%.
  • New South Wales: 31%, up from 27%
  • Australian Capital Territory: 21%, up from 16%
  • South Australia: 17%, up from 14%
  • Tasmania: 16%, up from 15%.

For all others states and territories, the share of consumption attributable to international tourism fell between 2006–07 and 2015–16 or remained the same:

  • Queensland: 24% (unchanged)
  • Northern Territory: 22%, down from 29%
  • Western Australia: 21%, down from 23%.

Tourism continues to be a significant direct and indirect employer. In 2015-16, tourism directly employed 4.9% of all workers in the Australian economy – 580,200 tourism workers in total, and 6700 more than were employed in 2014-15.

When indirect effects are included, tourism’s share of national employment increases to 7.9%, or 934,300 workers – an increase of 28,200 on the 2014-15 employment figure of 906,100 workers.

Tourism’s 7.9% share of national employment is 0.1 percentage points higher than the percentage share reported in 2014-15, and above the long-term average share of 7.6% since 2006-07.  Between 2006-07 and 2015-16, tourism employment has grown as follows:

  • Direct employment has increased from 529,900 to 580,200 – an average annual increase of 1%.
  • Indirect employment has increased from 259,200 to 354,100 – an average annual increase of 3.5%.
  • Total employment has increased from 789,100 to 934,300 – an average annual increase of 1.9%.

The states that contributed most to the total number of persons employed directly in tourism in 2015–16 were:

  • New South Wales 164,000 persons (a 28% share of direct tourism employment).
  • Queensland 137,600 (24%).
  • Victoria 134,000 (23%).

In Queensland, Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said the State Tourism Satellite Accounts data showed that tourism continued to play a vital role in the state’s economy.

“Tourism is a key contributor to our economy and it is pleasing to see that the state’s Gross State Product from tourism is growing at a faster rate than the national average – 8.7%versus 6.9%,” Jones said.

“This incorporates not only direct contributions from the tourism industry but also flow-on effects from money being spent elsewhere in the economy.”

“For every dollar spent in the tourism industry, an additional 85 cents was spent elsewhere in the state, which is great news for our economy.”

Edited by Peter Needham

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