14 August 2019


Tourism Attracts Big Dollars in Every State and Territory

Every Australian state and territory has recorded growth in the economic value of tourism and the number of jobs the industry supports, according to new data released today.

Tasmania’s tourism industry has done the state proud, recording growth that is second only to the Australian Capital Territory according to the Tourism Research Australia State Tourism Satellite Accounts 2017-18.

Tasmania’s tourism industry contributed around $3.2 billion to the state’s economy in 2017-18, a 9.1 per cent increase on the previous year – just below the ACT’s 10.5 per cent boost.

In the same time the industry directly and indirectly employed around 43,000 Tasmanians, an increase of 7.8 per cent compared with 2016-17 – just behind the 9.2 per cent increase in the ACT.

Tasmania’s tourism industry is the envy of the nation. The sector delivers enormous economic benefits to our island, but it should also be an enormous source of pride for all Tasmanians.

Across the country, the tourism industry directly contributed $57 billion to the national economy last year, representing a massive increase of 7.1 per cent compared with the previous year. The Australian tourism industry directly and indirectly employed a total of around 996,000 people, an increase of 5.3 per cent compared with 2016-17.

These increases at the state and national level are a testament to the hard-work of our tourism operators and those supporting the sector more broadly across the country. The figures also highlight the importance of tourism to the Australian economy, particularly in regional areas.

Tourism improves the lives of Australians – it brings economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits.

The Morrison Government is backing our tourism sector to grow even stronger and is taking action to ensure that our regions share in the benefits that this will bring.

The full State Tourism Satellite Accounts, 2017–18 report is available at: www.tra.gov.au