State Tourism Satellite Account 2019–20

Western Australia tourism summary

 

Gross State Product (GSP)


$10.5 billion
Down 13.9% compared with 2018–19

Gross Value Added (GVA)


$9.5 billion
Down 13.8% compared with 2018–19

Employment


94,800 persons
Down 6.0% compared with 2018–19

 

Tourism GSP

In 2019–20 (compared to 2018–19):

  • direct tourism GSP in WA was worth $5.4 billion (down 11.2%)
    • this was a 1.7% direct share of total state GSP (down 0.4 percentage points)
    • total state GSP was worth $316.3 billion (up 10.8%)
  • indirect tourism GSP was worth an extra $5.1 billion to WA’s economy (down 16.6%)
  • total tourism GSP (both direct and indirect) was worth $10.5 billion to WA’s economy (down 13.9%).

Tourism GVA

In 2019–20 (compared to 2018–19):

  • direct tourism GVA in WA was worth $5.0 billion (down 10.8%)
    • this was a 1.6% direct share of total state GVA (down 0.4 percentage points)
    • total state GVA was worth $305.2 billion (up 11.2%)
  • indirect tourism GVA was worth an extra $4.5 billion to WA’s economy (down 16.8%)
  • total tourism GVA (both direct and indirect) was worth $9.5 billion to WA’s economy (down 13.8%).

Tourism employment

  • direct tourism employment in WA accounted for 65,800 employees (down 1.1%)
    • this was a 4.9% direct share of total state employment (down 0.1 percentage points)
    • total state employment amounted to 1.3 million employees (no change)
  • indirect tourism accounted for 29,000 employees in WA (down 15.6%)
  • total tourism employment (both direct and indirect) accounted for 94,800 employees in WA (down 6.0%).

Notes

What is direct contribution?

Money spent directly in the tourism industry. Without a tourism industry in WA, this money wouldn’t be generated, or these people wouldn’t be employed.  

What is indirect contribution?

The flow-on effect of the tourism industry. In WA, for every dollar spent in the tourism industry, an additional 78 cents were spent elsewhere in the economy. 

Why we use GVA 

GVA allows easier comparisons across industries. GVA is equal to GSP minus taxes.