The tourism and events sector is vital to the NSW economy contributing billions in revenue and supporting tens of thousands of jobs throughout the State - many of them in regional NSW. Tourism employment now accounts for one in every 15 jobs in NSW.
Economic Contribution of Tourism to NSW 2015-16 (PDF 642 KB)
State Tourism Satellite Accounts 2015-16
Tourism Businesses in Australia, June 2011 to June 2015
Economic Contribution of Tourism to each Tourism Region in NSW 2013-14
Our Tourism Tally
Tourism consumption in NSW = $38.1 billion
NSW’s share of national tourism consumption = 29.3%
Top tourism products/services that contributed most to tourism consumption in NSW:
Takeaway and restaurant meals 17.1%
Long distance passenger transportation 13.7%
Shopping (includes gifts and souvenirs) 12.0%
Accommodation services 11.9%
Fuel (petrol, diesel) 8.2%
Source: State Tourism Satellite Accounts, 2015-16, Tourism Research Australia (TRA)
Estimated direct employment =164,000
Estimated indirect employment = 97,100 jobs
Total direct and indirect employment= 261,000 jobs
Source: State Tourism Satellite Accounts, 2015-16, TRA
Number of businesses involved in tourism = 93,630 (June 2015)
Source: Tourism Businesses in Australia (June 2011-June 2015), TRA
Accommodation establishments = 1,395 (hotels and serviced apartments with 10 rooms or more)
Source: STR Global database, March 2017 (STR Global database is member-based and data is supplied by accommodation establishments on a voluntary basis).
Total Overnight Visitors (IVS and NVS)
Number of overnight visitors = 33.3 million
Market share visitors = 33.5%
Total Visitor Nights (IVS and NVS)
Number of visitor nights = 186.4 million
Market share nights = 31.2%
Total overnight visitor expenditure = $26.6 billion
Market share expenditure = 29.8%
Source: National and International Visitor Surveys, YE March 2017; TRA.
Our Events Tally
There are now more than 163 events on the Sydney and NSW Event Calendar - all with the potential to generate tourism arrivals and expenditure in destinations throughout the State.
Number of visitor nights delivered by events visitors in NSW = 5.8 million
Event visitors spent around $2.2 billion in NSW in the year ending March 2017.
Source: National and International Visitor Surveys, YE March 2017; TRA
Tourism to Regional Areas
Domestic and international visitors to NSW destinations outside Sydney generated a massive 84.6 million nights of accommodation in Regional NSW and $14.9 billion in visitor (overnight and day trip) expenditure.
Source: National and International Visitor Surveys, YE March 2017, TRA