Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/01/2003
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Tourism is important to the Australian economy, underpinning a wide range of industries. The Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) reported that more than $70b worth of tourism goods and services were consumed in 2000-01. A TSA has been recognised internationally as the best method for measuring the economic contribution of tourism and as an important information base for the calculation of its economic effects.
In 1997-98, indirect tourism gross value added was 4.4%. When added to the direct figure (4.3%), the total tourism gross value added for 1997-98 was 8.7%.
Tourism generated a total (direct and indirect) of 853,500 jobs in 1997-98 (10% of national employment). Of this, 340,600 jobs (4% of national employment) were created by the indirect effects of tourism demand, and 512,900 (6%) jobs were directly created. By 2000-01, the number of persons directly employed by tourism had grown to 551,000 persons.
Retail trade generated the most direct tourism employment (143,600 persons) in 2000-01. Retail trade, accommodation, and cafes and restaurants accounted for more than half of the employment generated by tourism.
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