Tourism Satellite Account

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Tourism Satellite Account

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Statistics New Zealand


New Zealand Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) has been developed and published by Statistics New Zealand. It complies with international standards set out by the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and OECD. The methodology used in the Tourism Satellite Account follows international guidelines developed by the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The satellite account was funded by the Ministry of Tourism (prior to 2011), then the Ministry of Economic Development and now the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. It is one component of a ‘core set’ of tourism data.


Tourism Satellite Account provides a picture of the role tourism plays in New Zealand, with information on the changing levels and impact of tourism activity. It presents information on tourism's contribution to the New Zealand economy in terms of expenditure and employment.

Developed and published by Statistics New Zealand, the tourism satellite account is compiled under a United Nations World Tourism Organization framework and funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. It is part of a core set of tourism data that provides base information for understanding and monitoring tourism activity in New Zealand. Other elements of the core dataset include surveys of spending by international and domestic visitors, visitor arrival and accommodation statistics, and forecasts of tourist numbers and expenditure.

Main users of the data

Government; Tourism Industry


4 Annual

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Tourism Satellite Account: Revised Treatment of International Students



1997 -

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