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WTTC research shows tourism generated 18% of New Zealand’s GDP in 2017

WTTC research shows tourism generated 18% of New Zealand’s GDP in 2017
August 14, 2018

Newly released research published by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has shown that in 2017, the total contribution of tourism accounted for 17.9% ($47.5 billion) of New Zealand’s GDP – a figure set to rise by 2.9% per annum and forecast to account for 20% of New Zealand GDP over the next decade.

The newly released data shows tourism supported 212,000 jobs in New Zealand in2017 (8.8% of total employment), a figure that will grow to over 275,000 jobs in New Zealand (10.9% of total employment) by 2028.

Overall, tourism sector grew by 3.2% in the country in 2017, faster than the economy as a whole which grew at 2.9% in the total wider economy.

With New Zealand now the 32nd largest tourism economy in the world, WTTC President and Chief Executive Gloria Guevara advised “tourism creates jobs, drives economic growth and helps build better societies.

“New Zealand is a prime example of this, as the country and its natural beauty is expected to attract over 2.7 million international tourist arrivals in 2018 alone.

“This represents a 3.9% economic increase from 2017 where visitor exports were responsible for generating $14.5 billion.

“Tourism has risen up the agenda in New Zealand over recent years and I commend the government on its support for the sector. Going forward it will be vital for public and private sectors to continue to work together, with the close involvement of communities, to ensure that tourism growth is sustainable, inclusive and benefits everyone.”

Every year WTTC produces the definitive research into the economic impact of tourism across 185 countries and 25 regions.

Click here to veiew a full list of reports.

Images: The Wildwire Wanaka Via Ferrata attraction (top) and WTTC President and Chief Executive Gloria Guevara (below).

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