A tourism satellite account for Austria

In 2017 the direct value creation (value added) effect from tourism was €23.61 billion, corresponding to 6.4% of total value added (GDP).

Of the total spending in 2017 on vacation and business trips as well as visits to friends and relatives of €40.15 billion, 50.9% was spent by non-resident visitors, 48.7% by resident travelers; total spending by tourists staying in their weekend houses or second homes amounted to 0.4%. In 2018 an increase in total spending of 5.7% to €42.45 billion is expected (non-residents: +5.5%; residents: 6.0%).

In 2017 the tourism industry related to TSA created €23.61 billion (excl. business trips) in direct value added, corresponding to 6.4% of GDP.

The national economic importance of tourism and its contribution to total national value added is a key indicator for economic politics. In order to depict this key indicator, the TSA results need to be presented taking into account all direct and indirect effects from tourism but excluding business trips. The application of current input-output multipliers on the corrected TSA results to estimate the indirect effects showed direct and indirect value creation of €30.49 billion in 2017. This means that the direct and indirect contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was 8.2%. In 2018 the share is expected to account for 8.4%.

When determining the national economic importance of the tourism and leisure industry, the non-tourism leisure consumption by Austrian residents at their place of residence also needs to be taken into account. After applying input-output multipliers, this showed direct and indirect value added creation of €25.74 billion. The contribution of leisure consumption to GDP was 7.0%, therefore. In 2018 this value is expected to be rather the same.

Taking an overall view of effective domestic spending on non-tourism leisure consumption at people's place of residence as well as tourist consumption, the considerable size of the overall tourism and leisure industry becomes clear:

  • The direct and indirect value added recorded for 2017 was €56.23 billion (+4.1% compared with the previous year).
  • The contribution of the overall tourism and leisure industry to GDP was 15.2% in 2017.
  • In 2018 the importance of the sector in terms of overall GDP is estimated to be 15.3%.

A Regional Tourism Satellite Account for Burgenland (RTSAB)

In 2017 the direct value creation (value added) effect from tourism was €0.78 billion, corresponding to 8.9% of total Gross Regional Product (GRP).

Of the total spending in 2017 on vacation and business trips as well as visits to friends and relatives of €1.24 billion, 75.1% was spent by resident visitors, 24.5% by non-resident travelers; total spending by tourists staying in their weekend houses or second homes amounted to 0.4%.

In 2017 the tourism industry in Burgenland related to TSA created €0.78 billion (incl. business trips) in direct value added, corresponding to 8.9% of GRP.

The national economic importance of tourism and its contribution to total national value added is a key indicator for economic politics. In order to depict this key indicator, the TSA results need to be presented taking into account all direct and indirect effects from tourism but excluding business trips. The application of current input-output multipliers on the corrected TSA results to estimate the indirect effects in Burgenland showed direct and indirect value creation of €0.80 billion in 2017. This means that the direct and indirect contribution to the Gross Regional Product (GRP) was 9.2%.

The direct and indirect macroeconomic importance of tourism in Austria 2000 to 2018
The direct macroeconomic importance of tourism in Austria 2000 to 2018
Tourism consumption expenditure by non-resident and resident visitors in Austria 2000 to 2018
Tourism consumption by products in Austria 2000 to 2017


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