The Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) provides indicators of the contribution of international visitors to New Zealand’s
economy. The following table details the most recent results available (for year ending March 2016) and shows key
indicators growing positively. Strong growth in visitor arrivals and spend for the most recent year provide confidence that
a positive result will be reflected in the next TSA, due to be published in December 2017. Until then, no results for FY17
YE March 2014 YE March 2015 YE March 2016P
International tourism expenditure in NZ
Tourism direct contribution to GDP
International tourism as a percentage of total exports
Tourism full-time employees — direct
Tourism full-time employees — direct and indirect
Total tourism expenditure (incl. domestic)
Tourism’s contribution to GST earnings
Expenditure data stated in the TSA will differ from the International Visitor Survey. This is because the TSA includes
international airfares and expenditure from fee paying international students in New Zealand for less than 12 months.
International tourism is a major export market
International tourism is one of New Zealand’s largest exports. A comparison of international tourism with New Zealand’s
major export sectors is shown below.
International tourism compared with New Zealand’s other key exports
Dairy products, including casein
Meat and meat products
Wood and wood products
Year Ending March
Sourced from the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) published annually by Statistics New Zealand.
YE March 2016 results are provisional. YE March 2014 and 2015 results have been revised by the TSA.