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Strategic regional research reports

New South Wales Regional Tourism Satellite Account 2015-16

This report examines the contribution of tourism to New South Wales and its tourism regions.

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Tourism is a valuable contributor to New South Wales’ economy. The latest state Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) published by Tourism Research Australia (TRA) reports that in 2015–16, the tourism industry directly contributed $16.3 billion to New South Wales’ economy (Gross State Product, or GSP) and directly employed approximately 164,000 people. Together with the indirect impacts, the industry’s total contribution to the economy reached an estimated $32.5 billion, or 6.0% of GSP.

This report goes beyond these state-wide findings to examine the role and contribution of the tourism industry at a regional level. The analysis is underpinned by benchmark industry data sourced from TRA, and a modelling framework consistent with that used in the national TSA (published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics) and state TSA. Estimates of the contribution of tourism to metrics such as employment and Gross Regional Product (GRP) are provided for all tourism regions in New South Wales in the table below.

Direct tourism contribution Total tourism contribution
GRP ($m) Employment ('000) GRP ($m) Employment ('000)
Sydney 10,012
82.6
19,147
136.9
Blue Mountains
217
3.0 395 4.1
Capital Country
291 3.6 519 5.0
Central Coast
422 6.2 796 8.5
Central NSW
447 5.8 828 8.1
Hunter
967 12.2 1,847 17.5
New England North West
317 4.2 589 5.8
North Coast
1,544 20.7 2,848 28.5
Outback 94 1.2 141 1.5
Riverina
242 3.0 456 4.3
Snowy Mountains
269 3.2 422 4.1
South Coast
1,173 14.6 2,120 20.3
The Murray
273 3.7 458 4.8
Regional New South Wales 6,256 81.3 11,419 112.5
Rest of Australia 1,891
11.7
New South Wales 16,268
164.0 32,456 261.1

 

The full report is available by contacting tourism.research@tra.gov.au.