Tourism industry shows NZ the love

Tourism industry shows NZ the love

The tourism industry’s contribution to New Zealand is reflected in new economic statistics, according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa. 

The 2017 Tourism Satellite Account shows that more than 230,000 people are directly employed in tourism (8.4% of the workforce), with another 168,357 or 6.1% indirectly employed.

‘That means one in seven people employed in New Zealand are supporting themselves and their families thanks to tourism,’ says TIA chief executive Chris Roberts.

The TSA is the official annual measurement of the New Zealand tourism industry, compiled by Statistics NZ.

Total tourism spend for the year ended March 2017 was $36 billion with domestic tourism contributing $21.4 billion, and international visitors spending $14.5 billion.

This expenditure keeps international tourism as New Zealand’s biggest export sector.