Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) – a brief explanation

DIW Econ was responsible for calculating the Tourism Satellite Accounts for Germany and the federal states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Brandenburg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein in cooperation with project partners such as the German Institute for Tourism Research (DITF).

The methodology of the Tourism Satellite Account has now been presented by the DITF in cooperation with DIW Econ in the following video.

Tourism as an economic factor in NRW

DIW Econ has for the second time comprehensively examined the importance of the tourism industry in North Rhine-Westphalia based on internationally comparable calculation standards in cooperation with the Institute for Management and Tourism (IMT) at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences and dwif-Consulting.

The central results confirm the growing importance of the tourism industry for NRW. Compared to the study published in 2013, tourism consumption in 2017 showed a nominal growth of 11.6 per cent.

Local spending by Airbnb guests in Germany: impact on value added and employment

Press release:

DIW Econ study: Airbnb travellers spent more than 1 billion euros on local consumption in Germany in 2016

  • Airbnb travellers to and within Germany spent around 1 billion euro on local goods and services in addition to overnight stays
  • Positive impact on employment of more than 18,000 workers
  • Gastronomy and cultural industries benefited in particular

Tourism as an economic factor in Germany

The study commissioned by the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW) funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) uses internationally established economic statistical methods to present the economic significance of tourism in Germany within the framework of a Tourism Satellite Account.

In accordance with the official economic statistics of the Federal Statistical Office, the structure and level of tourism consumption and the associated effects on gross value added and employment are recorded. The study also deals with the effects of digitisation on the tourism industry.