About the data

The Regional Tourism Satellite Accounts present annual data for Australia’s tourism regions for 2021-22. This data includes:

  • tourism gross value added (GVA) – direct, indirect and total
  • tourism gross regional product (GRP) – direct, indirect and total
  • tourism employment by full-time or part-time
  • tourism consumption by visitor type (international or domestic)
  • population
  • number of tourism businesses.

This data allows for comparison between:

  • individual regions
  • the tourism industry and other industries in the economy.

State and territory data tables

Explore state and territory data.

Choose a state or territory from the tabs. Select a tourism region. You can view:

  • regional summary – a time series of the data from 2006–07 to 2021–22
  • consumption by tourism product
  • gross value added – the economic value of goods and services produced
  • employment by industry
  • state summary – direct, indirect and total results.

Industries in tourism are grouped in 2 categories:

  • tourism characteristic industry – industries in this group must have at least 25% of their output consumed by visitors
  • tourism connected industry – industries in this group must have a tourism-related product identifiable and appropriate for visitor consumption.

Download regional data tables

Explore summary data

You can explore summary data by:

  • choosing a state and a tourism region using the drop-down menus
  • viewing the data for 2021–22 and the change from 2020–21 in the table
  • hovering over the chart elements to show total result.

The visitor economy recovery from COVID-19

COVID-19 continued to influence global tourism and Australia’s visitor economy through the first half of 2021–22. International and state border closures and lockdowns prevented disease transmission but also severely restricted personal travel. By the start of 2022, however, recovery was underway and was supported by:

  • the reopening of Australian borders to international visitors and state and territory borders to interstate travel
  • the lifting of widespread lockdowns, travel restrictions and patronage limits on tourism businesses and venues
  • increases to domestic flights and room availability at hotels, motels, and serviced apartments
  • improved traveler confidence because of easing health and safety concerns
  • strong pent-up demand for travel.

Notes on the data

Results for smaller tourism regions with a visitor sample at or below 500 are less reliable than higher sample results. For this reason, estimates of GVA, GRP and employment for smaller regions are traditionally ‘smoothed’ by taking an average over 3 years.

However, because of the COVID-19 impacts in recent years, no smoothing has been applied since 2018–19. This is because smoothing would under-represent the extent of recovery of Australia’s regional economies after the pandemic.

Revisions to time series data

This release includes the revised time series 2006–07 to 2021–22 and takes into account revisions in the source data including changes to:

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) National Accounts data. Revisions occur yearly and directly affect GVA for each region, as well as employment
  • Tourism Research Australia's regional expenditure data, which affects tourism’s economic value and share of regional economies
  • Replacement of employment estimates by filled jobs based on Labour Accounts and population in the regions as new information becomes available.

Contact TRA

mail   tourism.research@tra.gov.au