Stats NZ has launched an interactive map that allows users to explore patterns of retail spending around the country.
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.
Coromandel’s tourism industry continues to expand as we attract greater numbers of international tourists to our district.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and Marlborough showed the strongest month-on-month spending growth in January lifting 15% to $21m and 13% to $60m respectively
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.
Consumers spent more on eating out and on hardware, furniture, and appliances in January 2018, according to Stats NZ.
Kaikōura has made a welcome return to strong growth as the region’s recovery is underpinned by a booming tourism sector.
Tourism spending was up in almost all regions for the year ending December 2017, with international spending growth stronger than domestic spending growth.
Tasman recorded a staggering 40% jump tourism spend in November which saw the regions lead the country in terms of month to month growth.
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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.
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.
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.
Spending by international visitors in New Zealand was a record $10.4bn for the year to September 2017, according to MBIE.
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.
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.
Tourism expenditure grew in most regions over the year to September 2017.
Visitors to Hamilton & Waikato are spending more than this time last year, with nearly $1.44 billion ringing through tills across the region.
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.
For visitors from the United Kingdom, spending continued to grow strongly across all regions as a result of the DHL NZ Lions Series.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 »
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.
Wellington experienced a boost to international visitor spending of more than 43% in the month of June 2017.
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.
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.
The Lions tour added significantly to spending in June amongst the hospitality and entertainment merchants using the Paymark network.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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.
Spending benefits from the Lions rugby tour spread to Otago this week with bars, clubs and cafes reporting a big boost in sales.
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 was worth more than $2bn each way, making travel ties with Australia worth more than those with China.
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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