Latest tourism spend data released

On: 26 August 2016

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today show that most regions had a growth in tourism expenditure over the year to July 2016.

The fastest growing region was Nelson, which increased 11 per cent over the year to $302 million, followed by Otago (up 11 per cent to $3.2 billion) and Auckland (up 7 per cent to $6.7 billion).

MBIE Manager of Sector Trends Peter Ellis says MBIE developed the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates in consultation with tourism industry representatives to create a better measurement of the value of tourism in the regions.

“Tourism spend information for the regions helps inform investment and planning in the tourism industry by providing further insight into where both domestic and international tourists are spending their money,” says Mr Ellis.

The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates measure the expenditure of international and domestic visitors in regions in New Zealand. Data users will be able to filter the information to get the data they need, including breaking down into key areas within regions, country of origin, tourism product grouping such as accommodation, passenger transport and retail sales, and by year. The data is based on administrative transaction data.

View the full statistics from the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.

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