1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012  
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Tourism comprises the activities of persons travelling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for a period of less than one year.

The term ‘tourism’ in the international standards is not restricted to leisure activity. It also includes short-term (less than one year) travel for business or other reasons such as education, provided the destination is outside the person’s usual environment. Travel is a broader concept that includes commuting to a place of work, travel for business or leisure, and migration.

This chapter outlines the value of tourism production, tourism consumption, international trade in tourism and tourism employment. International visitor arrivals and Australian resident departures are covered, along with a range of data on visitor travel and tourist accommodation in Australia.

In 2009–10, the contribution of tourism to Australia’s gross domestic product was estimated to be 2.6%, with tourism employing just over half a million people.

In the same year, international visitors consumed almost $23 billion worth of goods and services produced by the Australian economy.

This chapter includes a special article, Farm visits in Australia.

More information on the Accommodation and food services industry can be found in chapters 8 LABOUR, 15 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE AND PERFORMANCE, 25 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY and 26 RESEARCH AND INNOVATION.


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Statistics contained in the Year Book are the most recent available at the time of preparation. In many cases, the ABS website and the websites of other organisations provide access to more recent data. Each Year Book table or graph and the bibliography at the end of each chapter provides hyperlinks to the most up to date data release where available.