Revisions and improvements to the MRTEs

We make the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs) more accurate by updating them with spending data from Stats NZ's annual Tourism Satellite Account.

About the revisions

The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs) are created using a base of electronic card transaction data. However, the raw data provided is only partial, and excludes many parts of tourism spend — such as cash spending, and products that are purchased online before arriving in New Zealand.

Because of this, we align the MRTE totals to the more complete picture of tourism spending in the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA), produced annually by Stats NZ. Once we receive new data from the TSA each year, we revise the previously forecasted totals to reflect actual totals. Revisions are not considered errors, as they're part of standard statistical processes.

For more information about revisions, see the Summary results section of the published Tourism satellite account document.

Tourism satellite account: 2017(external link)

Latest revisions

As part of the standard annual revisions process, we've revised the MRTEs using the latest Tourism Satellite Account figures, released in December 2017. In addition, we've updated some geographic boundaries and names to align with current definitions.

For an explanation of all the changes in the release, along with the revisions, see our 'Information on Improvements' document.

Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates: Information on Improvements January 2018 [PDF, 486 KB]

Revision tables

These tables show the differences between the previously published year ending October 2017 figures and the new revised figures, broken down by region. There are 3 tables:

Overall total tourism spend by region

Region

Previously published YE Oct 2017

Revised YE Oct 2017

Percentage difference

Auckland

$8,003m

$8,034m

0.4%

Bay of Plenty

$1,818m

$1,800m

-1%

Canterbury

$3,504m

$3,439m

-1.8%

Gisborne

$140m

$138m

-1.8%

Hawkes Bay

$621m

$619m

-0.3%

Manawatu-Wanganui

$977m

$981m

0.3%

Marlborough

$369m

$357m

-3.2%

Nelson

$345m

$344m

-0.3%

Northland

$1,108m

$1,094m

-1.3%

Otago

$3,749m

$3,544m

-5.5%

Southland

$628m

$606m

-3.4%

Taranaki

$362m

$365m

0.9%

Tasman

$320m

$300m

-6.1%

Waikato

$2,527m

$2,502m

-1%

Wellington

$2414m

$2,426m

0.5%

West Coast

$547m

$504m

-7.8%

 

International tourism spend by region

Region

Previously published YE Oct 2017

Revised YE Oct 2017

Percentage difference

Auckland

$4,325m

$4,181m

-3.3%

Bay of Plenty

$615m

$561m

-8.7%

Canterbury

$1,432m

$1,291m

-9.8%

Gisborne

$30m

$27m

-11.5%

Hawkes Bay

$173m

$159m

-8.3%

Manawatu-Wanganui

$179m

$162m

-9.4%

Marlborough

$139m

$122m

-12.6%

Nelson

$123m

$112m

-9.2%

Northland

$290m

$255m

-12.1%

Otago

$2,153m

$1,896m

-12%

Southland

$266m

$234m

-12.3%

Taranaki

$83m

$78m

-6.1%

Tasman

$140m

$119m

-15%

Waikato

$702m

$633m

-9.9%

Wellington

$824m

$770m

-6.6%

West Coast

$322m

$277m

-14%

 

Domestic tourism spend by region

Region

Previously published YE Oct 2017

Revised YE Oct 2017

Percentage difference

Auckland

$3,679m

$3,853m

4.7%

Bay of Plenty

$1,203m

$1,239m

3%

Canterbury

$2,072m

$2,148m

3.7%

Gisborne

$110m

$111m

0.9%

Hawkes Bay

$448m

$460m

2.7%

Manawatu-Wanganui

$798m

$818m

2.5%

Marlborough

$229m

$235m

2.5%

Nelson

$221m

$232m

4.7%

Northland

$818m

$839m

2.5%

Otago

$1,596m

$1,649m

3.3%

Southland

$362m

$373m

3.1%

Taranaki

$279m

$287m

3%

Tasman

$179m

$181m

0.8%

Waikato

$1,825m

$1,869m

2.4%

Wellington

$1,589m

$1,656m

4.2%

West Coast

$225m

$228m

1%