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China bucks trend as visitor numbers drop 9% in April
22 May 2018   /

China bucks trend as visitor numbers drop 9% in April

Short-term visitor arrivals reached 3.79 million in the year to April, up 5% on the previous period, according to Stats NZ’s latest travel and migration figures.


New interactive map offers insights into regional spending
21 May 2018  

New interactive map offers insights into regional spending

Stats NZ has launched an interactive map that allows users to explore patterns of retail spending around the country.


China, US visitor spending jumps
18 May 2018  

China, US visitor spending jumps

International spending neared a record $11bn in the year to March thanks to a rise in visitor numbers and increased expenditure by travellers from the US and China.


TCDC: Visitor spending continues to grow
14 May 2018  

TCDC: Visitor spending continues to grow

Coromandel’s tourism industry continues to expand as we attract greater numbers of international tourists to our district.


Early Easter sees holiday parks guest nights jump 25%
10 May 2018  

Early Easter sees holiday parks guest nights jump 25%

An early Easter helped lift holiday park guest nights by 25% to 950,000 in March 2018 compared to the same month last year, according to Stats NZ latest commercial accommodation survey.


International passengers jump 9%
30 Apr 2018  

International passengers jump 9%

International passengers through Auckland Airport increased to 909,413 in March, up 8.9% on the same month last year.


IVS review changes head, dataset improved
30 Apr 2018  

IVS review changes head, dataset improved

The leader of Stats NZ’s review of the International Visitor Survey has returned to the UK as improvements to the beleaguered dataset are already being implemented.


Gisborne tops March spending growth
27 Apr 2018  

Gisborne tops March spending growth

Events helped push Gisborne to the top of the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates with the region reporting a 40% increase in spending to $16m for March this year compared to the same month in 2017.


The world’s top tourism spenders in 2017? Here’s the data
26 Apr 2018  

The world’s top tourism spenders in 2017? Here’s the data

The world’s top 25 source markets all reported higher expenditure on international tourism in 2017 with China consolidating its leading position spending US$258bn, up 5% on 2016, according to the UNWTO.


Four million visitors in sight as record high reached
26 Apr 2018  

Four million visitors in sight as record high reached

Visitors to New Zealand grew 8% in the year to March 2018 to a record 3.82 million driven by growth from the across the country’s major source markets, according to Stats NZ’s latest international travel numbers. 


NZ v Australia – the big difference on how foreign tourists are viewed
16 Apr 2018  

NZ v Australia – the big difference on how foreign tourists are viewed

Kiwis are twice as likely than Australians to believe international visitors put too much pressure on their respective countries, according to new research.


MBIE: Freedom campers almost double in two years to reach 110k
13 Apr 2018  

MBIE: Freedom campers almost double in two years to reach 110k

The number of visitors who freedom camped in New Zealand has almost doubled since 2015 to reach 110,000 last year, according to MBIE.


Stats NZ: Feb international guest nights beat domestic for first time in 8 years
12 Apr 2018   /

Stats NZ: Feb international guest nights beat domestic for first time in 8 years

Southern regions drove international guests nights over the top of domestic in February for the first time in eight years.


CDS: International growth in spend outweighed by domestic drop
9 Apr 2018  

CDS: International growth in spend outweighed by domestic drop

Strong growth in international spend was not enough to offset a sharp fall in the amount spent by domestic delegates in 2017 according to the latest Convention Delegate Survey.


Survey: Help build better tourism insight
5 Apr 2018  

Survey: Help build better tourism insight

As part of TIA’s effort to implement the Tourism Insight Framework actions, Victoria University of Wellington is conducting a survey to better understand how the tourism industry currently uses insight.


Canterbury, West Coast lead growth as Chinese NY boosts spending
3 Apr 2018   /

Canterbury, West Coast lead growth as Chinese NY boosts spending

Tourism spending grew in all regions over the past year to February 2018 with Canterbury and the West Coast regions showing the largest increases with monthly returns boosted by Chinese New Year.


Stats NZ: International input sought in IVS review
3 Apr 2018  

Stats NZ: International input sought in IVS review

Stats NZ has updated stakeholders on the progress being made in its review of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s beleaguered International Visitor Survey.


Report: Global tourism growth to slow in 2018
23 Mar 2018  

Report: Global tourism growth to slow in 2018

One in five of all new jobs created in 2017 was in the travel and tourism sector but the rate of growth will slow this year, according to a new report on the economic effects of the global industry.


TNZ: Spring visitor growth out-performed summer
23 Mar 2018   /

TNZ: Spring visitor growth out-performed summer

Spring holiday arrival growth has out-performed the peak summer season growth for 2017/2018, says Tourism New Zealand.


Chinese New Year drives record February visits
21 Mar 2018  

Chinese New Year drives record February visits

Chinese New Year falling in February in 2018 helped drive the number of visitors from that country to 68,900 during that month, more than double last year’s 33,700, according to Stats NZ.


Stats NZ: Airbnb data capture proving difficult
15 Mar 2018   /

Stats NZ: Airbnb data capture proving difficult

Stats NZ says there is no clear path to collecting data from the country’s growing non-commercial accommodation providers such as Airbnb despite increasing calls for insight into the subsector.


Stats NZ: Hospitality, accommodation card spending flat
12 Mar 2018  

Stats NZ: Hospitality, accommodation card spending flat

Spending was subdued across most of the six retail industries including hospitality.


Hotel occupancy lifts 2% but ADR, RevPAR  both jump 11% in 2017
2 Mar 2018  

Hotel occupancy lifts 2% but ADR, RevPAR both jump 11% in 2017

Hotel occupancy rates across New Zealand rose by 2% last year but average daily rates and revenue per available room both jumped 11% during the same period.


2507 jobs, 25,760 foreign visitors, $194m generated – the Lions tour breakdown
1 Mar 2018  

2507 jobs, 25,760 foreign visitors, $194m generated – the Lions tour breakdown

The British and Irish Lions rugby tour last winter attracted 25,760 international visitors and contributed $194m to GDP,


CAS: Business events lead 2017 growth, delegate numbers flatten
1 Mar 2018  

CAS: Business events lead 2017 growth, delegate numbers flatten

A growing business events markets contributed to a 7% hike in the number of events in New Zealand last year.


January visitor numbers fall for first time in five years
28 Feb 2018  

January visitor numbers fall for first time in five years

Overseas visitors to New Zealand in January have fallen for the first time in five years, according to Stats NZ’s latest international travel and migration figures.


Stats NZ launches Environmental Economic Accounts
28 Feb 2018  

Stats NZ launches Environmental Economic Accounts

The first report of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts shows the impact of what we are doing to the natural environment and what is being done to protect it.


Gisborne, Marlborough lead January spending growth
22 Feb 2018   /

Gisborne, Marlborough lead January spending growth

Gisborne and Marlborough showed the strongest month-on-month spending growth in January lifting 15% to $21m and 13% to $60m respectively


Visitor spend reaches record $10.6bn
21 Feb 2018  

Visitor spend reaches record $10.6bn

The growth was driven by a 6.7% increase in visitors to New Zealand to a record 3.73 million last year with the US market performing strongly in terms of arrivals and spending.


Top UK statistician to review MBIE’s IVS
19 Feb 2018  

Top UK statistician to review MBIE’s IVS

One of the UK’s top statisticians has been tasked with reviewing the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment’s beleaguered International Visitor Survey.


MBIE to conduct tourism data plan workshops
18 Feb 2018  

MBIE to conduct tourism data plan workshops

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment is to hold industry workshops to help inform its 2018 Tourism Data Domain Plan.


Canterbury, Southland guest nights jump as international visitors drive growth
15 Feb 2018  

Canterbury, Southland guest nights jump as international visitors drive growth

Canterbury and Southland guest nights jumped in December compared to the same month the previous year.


Stats NZ: Hospitality spending leads growth in January
12 Feb 2018  

Stats NZ: Hospitality spending leads growth in January

Consumers spent more on eating out and on hardware, furniture, and appliances in January 2018, according to Stats NZ.


Kaikōura growth jumps as recovery gives way to “fantastic” summer
12 Feb 2018   /

Kaikōura growth jumps as recovery gives way to “fantastic” summer

Kaikōura has made a welcome return to strong growth as the region’s recovery is underpinned by a booming tourism sector.


MBIE: December spending jumps 11%
9 Feb 2018  

MBIE: December spending jumps 11%

Tourism spending was up in almost all regions for the year ending December 2017, with international spending growth stronger than domestic spending growth.


Visitors reach record 3.73 million
2 Feb 2018  

Visitors reach record 3.73 million

A record 3.73 million overseas visitors came to New Zealand in the year to December 2017 year with just over half of them here for a holiday.


Tourism, conferences, culture boost building consents
2 Feb 2018  

Tourism, conferences, culture boost building consents

Building consents for all non-residential buildings including offices, education buildings, storage, and cultural buildings were worth $6.5bn in 2017.


Tasman tops November spending growth with 40% jump
2 Feb 2018  

Tasman tops November spending growth with 40% jump

Tasman recorded a staggering 40% jump tourism spend in November which saw the regions lead the country in terms of month to month growth.


MBIE draws fire after wiping nearly $1bn off visitor spending figures
31 Jan 2018   / /

MBIE draws fire after wiping nearly $1bn off visitor spending figures

MBIE has come under fire from tourism leaders after wiping $910m off international tourist spending.


UNWTO: Global tourism arrivals highest in seven years
30 Jan 2018   / /

UNWTO: Global tourism arrivals highest in seven years

International tourist arrivals grew by a remarkable 7% in 2017 to reach a total of 1,322 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.


Terms of reference for Stats NZ’s IVS review released
30 Jan 2018   / /

Terms of reference for Stats NZ’s IVS review released

The terms of reference for Stats NZ’s review of MBIE’s International Visitor Survey have been released.


Stats NZ: Visitor numbers rise while migration slows
20 Dec 2017  

Stats NZ: Visitor numbers rise while migration slows

A record 3.71 million visitors arrived in New Zealand in the November 2017 year. This was an 8 percent increase from the November 2016 year, Stats NZ said today.


Economist: MBIE’s top tourism data “next to useless”
15 Dec 2017   / / /

Economist: MBIE’s top tourism data “next to useless”

An economist with detailed knowledge of MBIE’s tourism data collection has come out criticising it as “next to useless” after this week’s Tourism Satellite Account (TSA)  showed a fall in international tourism spend. 


The value of cruise to NZ has been slashed by hundreds of millions of dollars – here’s why
14 Dec 2017   / /

The value of cruise to NZ has been slashed by hundreds of millions of dollars – here’s why

The estimated value of cruise spend in New Zealand during the 2016-17 season was slashed by $318m in yesterday’s Tourism Satellite Account, prompting questions over the accuracy of previous industry assessments.


Why did international tourist spend fall? Here’s MBIE’s explanation
14 Dec 2017  

Why did international tourist spend fall? Here’s MBIE’s explanation

What have been the drivers of the 0.9% drop in international tourism expenditure as reported in the TSA 2017? Here’s MBIE’s answer.


Tourism satellite account 2017: International tourist spend falls
13 Dec 2017  

Tourism satellite account 2017: International tourist spend falls

International tourist spending has dropped to $14.5bn in the year to March, down 0.9% compared to the same month last year, according to Stats NZ’s Tourism satellite account for 2017.   


Ski, sun and school holidays boost guest nights
13 Dec 2017  

Ski, sun and school holidays boost guest nights

School holidays, good weather and a longer ski season saw total guest nights from across New Zealand rise to 3.15 million in October, up 4.8% on the same month last year.


Spending surges in Wanaka RTO, Tasman regions
1 Dec 2017  

Spending surges in Wanaka RTO, Tasman regions

The Tasman region and Wanaka regional tourism organisation’s area recorded large increases in spending for October, surging 32% and 28% respectively compared to the same month last year.  


Australians drive visitor arrivals to record 3.69 million
23 Nov 2017  

Australians drive visitor arrivals to record 3.69 million

Australian tourists and visitors pushed total arrivals to New Zealand to a record 3.69 million for the year to October, up 8% on the previous corresponding period, according to Stats NZ.


Qrious kills tourism data portals, reduces location-led insight for regions
22 Nov 2017  

Qrious kills tourism data portals, reduces location-led insight for regions

Big data start-up Qrious is ending its location-led tourism insight web portals saying it is uneconomic to continue with the award-winning service.


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