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.

Hintergründe und Methodik eines Tourismus-Satellitenkontos (TSA)

Tourism plays an essential economic role in many countries and regions. However, meaningful information on the economic importance of tourism cannot be derived directly from official statistics and national accounts. The reason for this is that the official economic statistics record tourism as a cross-sectional industry, such as the health, music or sports industry, and not as a separate economic sector in its own right.

To record the value-added of tourism for the economy as a whole, it is therefore necessary to expand the general classification of economic statistics. The Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) provides such an extension. It records the economic importance of tourism for the country or region, comparable to the economy as a whole and other industries.

With the internationally recognised methodology of the Tourism Satellite Account, it is possible to make comparisons between economic sectors, federal states and, if desired, states.

Overview of the Tourism Satellite Accounts (TSA) calculated by DIW Econ:

For Germany as a whole:

Tourism as an economic factor in Germany, 2017

Tourism as an economic factor in Germany, 2012

 

And for the following federal states:

Economic factor tourism in NRW, 2019

Regional Tourism Satellite Account Schleswig-Holstein, 2019

Regional Tourism Satellite Account Brandenburg, 2018

Regional Tourism Satellite Account Hamburg, 2017

Tourism as an economic factor in Lower Saxony, 2017

Tourism as an economic factor in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 2016

Tourism as an economic factor in NRW, 2015