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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.


BERL’s Mark Cox on why average visitor spend fell in 2017
30 Apr 2018  

BERL’s Mark Cox on why average visitor spend fell in 2017

As visitor numbers close in on four million, BERL senior economist Mark Cox takes a look at why average visitor spend fell last year and the important factors driving that expenditure.


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.


Tourists flock to Christchurch as spend jumps 20%
10 Apr 2018  

Tourists flock to Christchurch as spend jumps 20%

Christchurch’s spectacular summer saw record-breaking tourist numbers inject more than $3.6 million in our region’s economy, with February tourism spend up 20 percent from the previous month.


WREDA: Visitors worth over $2.5bn to Wellington
6 Apr 2018  

WREDA: Visitors worth over $2.5bn to Wellington

Visitor spending in the Wellington region has smashed through the annual $2.5 billion barrier for the first time as both international and domestic visitors flash the cash.


Paymark: Otago tops Easter spending growth
5 Apr 2018  

Paymark: Otago tops Easter spending growth

Easter gave the regions a spending boost of $36.7m, up 14.8% of the same dates last year, with Otago leading the way thanks to the Ed Sheeran concerts and the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow.


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.


Paymark: Tourists help drive spending growth over summer
5 Mar 2018  

Paymark: Tourists help drive spending growth over summer

International visitor spending growth over summer helped boost the coffers of New Zealand’s tourism industry with the accommodation, retail, activities and transport sectors all benefiting.    


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.


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.


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.


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.   


Paymark: Marlborough leads spending growth into Xmas
11 Dec 2017  

Paymark: Marlborough leads spending growth into Xmas

New Zealand’s regions are leading the spending growth in the run-up to Christmas with the earthquake affected region of Marlborough, which includes Kaikoura, taking the top spot.


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.  


MBIE: International visitors spend record $10.4bn
20 Nov 2017  

MBIE: International visitors spend record $10.4bn

Spending by international visitors in New Zealand was a record $10.4bn for the year to September 2017, according to MBIE.


Paymark: Regions lead growth into Christmas
6 Nov 2017  

Paymark: Regions lead growth into Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching and the shopping rush is starting to build. The pre-Christmas build-up starts gradually in November and climbs to a frenzy of activity in the last few days.


CBRE: Chinese spending less on shopping, more on culture
1 Nov 2017  

CBRE: Chinese spending less on shopping, more on culture

Chinese tourists are seeking more authentic food and entertainment experiences and spending less on luxury shopping and package holidays, according to new research by real estate agency CBRE.


MBIE: West Coast leads tourist September spend growth
27 Oct 2017  

MBIE: West Coast leads tourist September spend growth

Tourism expenditure grew in most regions over the year to September 2017.


Visitors spend more in Hamilton & Waikato
8 Oct 2017   /

Visitors spend more in Hamilton & Waikato

Visitors to Hamilton & Waikato are spending more than this time last year, with nearly $1.44 billion ringing through tills across the region.


Tourism spurs services surplus to a record $1.3bn
21 Sep 2017  

Tourism spurs services surplus to a record $1.3bn

New Zealand’s current account deficit narrowed to $1.6 billion in the June 2017 quarter, driven by $3.7 billion worth of spending by visitors from overseas.


MBIE: UK visitor spend surges as Chinese drops
1 Sep 2017  

MBIE: UK visitor spend surges as Chinese drops

For visitors from the United Kingdom, spending continued to grow strongly across all regions as a result of the DHL NZ Lions Series.


Marketview: Lions tourists proved value off the field
23 Aug 2017   /

Marketview: Lions tourists proved value off the field

A new report shows that the Lions tour provided a significant boost to the local economy, attracting high value and experience driven British and Irish supporters.


MBIE: International visitors spend $10.3bn to June 2017
18 Aug 2017  

MBIE: International visitors spend $10.3bn to June 2017

Spending by international visitors in New Zealand was $10.3 billion for the year ending June 2017, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).


Sports events lift hospo growth to new record
15 Aug 2017   /

Sports events lift hospo growth to new record

The World Masters Games and the Lions rugby tour helped boost hospitality which saw record growth for the food and beverages services industry in the June 2017 quarter.


Takapuna transactions shine Shoreside
15 Aug 2017  

Takapuna transactions shine Shoreside

Arguably one of the jewels in Auckland’s metropolitan crown, Takapuna Beach is now gaining favour with international visitors, keen to share their tourism dollars Shoreside. 


Paymark: Missing the Lions already…
7 Aug 2017   /

Paymark: Missing the Lions already…

PRESS RELEASE: Paymark Underlying spending through Paymark dropped by 0.5% between June and July 2017, in seasonally adjusted terms. The growth between July 2016 and July 2017 was a modest MORE »


Tourism tops half-a-billion dollars for Wanaka
3 Aug 2017  

Tourism tops half-a-billion dollars for Wanaka

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) shows visitor spend for the Wanaka region now equates to half a billion dollars annually.


Lions drive huge spending boost for Wellington
2 Aug 2017  

Lions drive huge spending boost for Wellington

Wellington experienced a boost to international visitor spending of more than 43% in the month of June 2017.


Hospitality the ‘mane’ event in June spend
12 Jul 2017  

Hospitality the ‘mane’ event in June spend

A rise in card spending in the hospitality industry in June coincided with the start of the British and Irish Lions rugby tour, according to Stats NZ.


Govt: Lions “had significant impact on economy”
9 Jul 2017  

Govt: Lions “had significant impact on economy”

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges, Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry have applauded the successful DHL New Zealand Lions Series after the final test Saturday night at Eden Park.


Lions inject $12m into hospo for June
5 Jul 2017  

Lions inject $12m into hospo for June

The Lions tour added significantly to spending in June amongst the hospitality and entertainment merchants using the Paymark network.


Mayor questions data as tourists “tighten belts” through region
3 Jul 2017  

Mayor questions data as tourists “tighten belts” through region

Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan has questioned both the spend data and the value of tourism for his region as tourists sought to “tighten their belts” through the southern province.


28% jump in Whanganui visitor spend
3 Jul 2017  

28% jump in Whanganui visitor spend

Whanganui has shown growth of 28% in visitor spend for May 2017 compared to the same month of the previous year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are the Monthly Tourism Regional Estimates. 


MBIE: Tourism spending up 6%
30 Jun 2017  

MBIE: Tourism spending up 6%

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) show that tourism expenditure grew in all regions over the year to May 2017.


Paymark: Spirits up over weekend in Auckland
29 Jun 2017  

Paymark: Spirits up over weekend in Auckland

Spending through Paymark in Auckland/Northland increased amongst merchants such as bars, clubs and cafes to $24.3 million between 9am Friday and 9am Sunday, a period that included the All Blacks-Lions test.


Paymark: $740K Lions boost for Waikato
23 Jun 2017  

Paymark: $740K Lions boost for Waikato

PRESS RELEASE: Paymark Another Lions game and more cause for celebration – or commiseration. Whatever the motive, spending through Paymark in Waikato increased amongst merchants such as bars, clubs and MORE »


A weekend of entertainment in the Bay of Plenty
20 Jun 2017  

A weekend of entertainment in the Bay of Plenty

The wave of hospitality spending around a Lions game continued on the weekend with spending through Paymark in Bay of Plenty amongst merchants such as bars, clubs and cafes amounted to $3.5m.


Otago hospitality big winners from Lions tour
16 Jun 2017  

Otago hospitality big winners from Lions tour

Spending benefits from the Lions rugby tour spread to Otago this week with bars, clubs and cafes reporting a big boost in sales.


$600K Lions lift for Canterbury
14 Jun 2017   /

$600K Lions lift for Canterbury

The Lions match against the Crusaders on Saturday helped boost spending in the Canterbury region over the weekend by $600,000, according to Paymark.


Trans-Tasman travel keeps trade with Australia flying high
6 Jun 2017  

Trans-Tasman travel keeps trade with Australia flying high

Trans-Tasman travel was worth more than $2bn each way, making travel ties with Australia worth more than those with China.


Whanganui events keep tourism numbers up
30 May 2017  

Whanganui events keep tourism numbers up

PRESS RELEASE: Whanganui and Partners Continuing the trend from February and March it looks like Whanganui’s April tourism numbers are again up – a contrast to the national monthly comparisons of MORE »


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