8602.0 - Tourism Newsletter, July 2009  
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Feature Article - Tourism Related Consumption: National Indicators (indexed domestic and international current prices)

Tourism consumption is defined as: ‘… the total consumption made by a visitor or on behalf of a visitor for and during his/her trip and stay at the destination’. These are presented in current prices ($m) in Australian National Accounts: Tourism Satellite Account, 2007-08 (5249.0 )(TSA) .
Index of tourism related consumption
Source: Tourism Satellite Account – Australian National Accounts 2007-08 (ABS Cat. No. 5249.0)
Growth in tourism-related consumption is considered an economic benefit for Australia. Domestic consumption refers to spending by resident households and domestic government and business while international consumption refers to spending by international visitors (i.e. non-residents).

Tourism-related domestic consumption is the total of household, and business and government consumption. A definition of household, and business and government consumption is provided in the TSA. Tourism-related international consumption consists of visitor expenditure, including imputed expenditure, incurred within Australia by non-residents on tourism related products, including goods and services sold at prices that are not economically significant.

Use of an index highlights change over time rather than the absolute magnitude of consumption in dollars. (A definition of tourism consumption and what it consists of, is found in the TSA).

Growth in international tourism consumption has been stronger over the period than growth in domestic consumption. There has been an average annual growth between 1999-00 and 2007-08 of 5.3% for international and 3.2% for domestic consumption respectively.