Research published by the World Travel & Tourism
Council has shown that in 2017, the total contribution of travel
and tourism accounted for 17.9% (NZD$47.5bn) of New Zealandís GDP.
This figure is set to rise by 2.9% per
annum and forecast to account for 20% of New Zealand GDP over the
Other highlights of the report show that travel
and tourism supported 212,000 jobs in 2017 (8.8% of total
employment) and that by 2028, over 275,000 of jobs in New Zealand (10.9%
of total employment) are forecast to be dependent on the travel
and tourism industry. The travel sector grew by 3.2% in 2017, faster than the
economy as a whole which grew at 2.9% in the total wider economy.
New Zealand is the 32nd largest travel economy in the world.
Gloria Guevara, President & CEO, WTTC, said
ďTravel and 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 NZD14.5bn (USD10bn).
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.Ē
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