ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents the key results of the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) for the years 2000-01 to 2008-09. Work on the TSA has been funded by the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (RET). The complete TSA time series from 1997-98 to 2008-09 is available in the data cube associated with this publication on the ABS website.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Significant changes have been incorporated in this issue of the publication due to the implementation of the Tourism Satellite Account: Recommended Methodological Framework (TSA: RMF 2008), Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 2006), International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008 (IRTS 2008) and the System of National Accounts 2008 (SNA 2008).
Full details of the key changes have been described in the Information Papers: Introduction of revised international statistical standards in the Australian Tourism Satellite Account (5249.0.55.002) and Implementation of revised international statistical standards in the Australian Tourism Satellite Account (5249.0.55.003).
REVISIONS IN THIS ISSUE
The TSA methodology involves estimating a full benchmark every third year and the statistics presented in this publication reflect the establishment of a new benchmark in respect of 2006-07. The method for compiling benchmark estimates involves the use of fully balanced supply and use tables that underlie the national accounts. Also, the latest industry data in respect of tourism related industries is incorporated.
As part of the 2006-07 benchmark process, the relationships established in 2003-04 have been reviewed and adjusted. Revised supply-use tables, the implementation of revised international standards (TSA: RMF 2008) and new industrial classifications (ANZSIC 2006), revisions to input series and a review of TSA methods have brought about some revisions to the entire TSA series.
Downward revisions to direct tourism output, direct tourism gross value added, direct tourism GDP and direct tourism employment across the time series were an anticipated impact of the implementation of the revised international standards. These revisions have been slightly offset by an upward revision in tourism consumption resulting from changes arising from the tourism demand-to-supply reconciliation in the benchmark process.
Until the next TSA benchmark is applied (with the 2011-12 TSA release), all TSA estimates for the years beyond 2006-07 will use the 2006-07 benchmark relationships and annual demand data from Tourism Research Australia (TRA).
DATA VALUES AND ROUNDING
All values, unless otherwise indicated, are shown in Australian dollars rounded to the nearest million. Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sums of the component items and totals.
The 2009-10 issue of this publication is expected to be released in December 2010.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Darren Page on Brisbane (07) 3222 6030.