Economic significance of tourism in Slovenia, Europe, and the world
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) publishes reports on the economic significance of tourism for individual countries, including Slovenia. In 2018 in Slovenia, the total contribution of tourism to the gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 6 % and accounted for 12.3 % of the total GDP. The total number of people employed by the tourism industry in 2018 represents 12.8 % of all employment, which accounts for 110,700 jobs.
In 2018, the total contribution of tourism to the gross domestic product of Europe increased by 3.1 % compared to 2017. The total contribution accounts for 9.7 % of the total GDP. According to WTTC in 2018 the total number of employees in tourism in Europe represents 9.7 % of all employment, which accounts for 36,7 million jobs.
In 2019, the total contribution of tourism to the global gross domestic product should, according to the prognoses in the report, increase by 3.6 % compared to 2018 when the total contribution accounted for 10.4 % of the total GDP. WTTC estimates the total number of employees in tourism on a global scale in 2019 will increase by 2.9 %, which accounts for 328 million jobs.
Tourism satellite account
Tourism satellite accounts are an internationally recognised tool for measuring tourism activity and the contribution of tourism to the economy of a particular country. Contrary to the usual statistical data on tourism, which tends to focus on tourist flows, satellite accounts enable an estimate of the monetary value of tourism for the economy.
The Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia (SURS) published the results of new calculations regarding the economic significance of tourism for 2015 and 2017. These calculations were made using the Tourism Satellite Accounts method.