But the recovery could be stymied by labour shortages and increased costs putting pressure on businesses.
An increase in the number of international travellers has led to a boost in travel service exports and imports, according to Stats NZ.
Foreign visitor spending reached $1.03bn for the September 2022 quarter, according to the International Visitor Survey.
Asia Pacific is leading the way in air travel growth, according to new figures from the International Air Transport Association.
The industry group puts its “stake in the ground” on the worldwide industry’s emissions target.
Air New Zealand recorded 1.25 million passengers for the month of October 2022, a 267.1% rise from the same month last year, which was impacted by Covid lockdowns.
Other financial priorities and affordability are the top reasons preventing Kiwis from planning a holiday.
Hotel guest nights across New Zealand in October 2022 surpassed the million mark for the first time since the pandemic started.
The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand is more positive about the pace of New Zealand’s visitor recovery despite ongoing uncertainty around the return of the China market.
Almost all of New Zealand’s major hotel markets are finishing spring stronger than they started, according to figures from STR.
Total guest nights reached 3.1 million in October 2022, or 93% of the level reported for the same month in pre-Covid 2018, according to the latest Accommodation Data Programme.
Global export revenues from tourism could reach US$1.3tr in 2022, although Asia Pacific’s recovery lags.
Visitors have been spending more and staying longer since NZ’s borders fully reopened.
The positive outlook for the tourism sector comes despite slowing economic growth, acute capacity constraints, low labour force and population growth, as well as widespread cost, price increases, and rising interest rates.
Businesses need to refocus investment on maintaining yield with fewer staff.
Tourism spending on the West Coast fell 0.7% in the September 2022 year and guest nights also dropped 8.9%.
APEC has launched a new portal that provides high-level information summaries of information on international travel.
A good October has turned into an even better November for Christchurch’s hotel market, according to figures from STR.
Total passenger movements at Auckland Aiport increased to 1.29 million in October 2022, up from 1.18 million recorded for the preceding September.
Rising visitor arrivals, strong expenditure, and more guest nights are bolstering stronger-than-expected international tourism recovery in New Zealand and contributing to elevated economic activity.
Tourism businesses want to see changes to publicly-available data sources that meet the need for more timely, accurate, and centralised information, according to findings from the Tourism Data Leadership Group’s industry survey.
Overseas visitor arrivals increased in September 2022 but are still below the numbers seen for the same month pre-Covid, according to Stats NZ.
Auckland is back on the rise after suffering a mid-October occupancy and ADR drop, according to figures from STR.
Total card spending across New Zealand was $9.1bn in October 2022, up 20.2% from the same month last year.
But international active considerer preference for NZ surges to a six-year high, driven by US and China.
Queenstown occupancy and ADR appear to have stabilised at a new post-Covid ‘normal’ – at least for late spring – according to figures from STR.
For the first time since the pandemic began, international visitor card spend exceeds pre-Covid levels.
The recovery is being led by particularly strong room rates, says the agent.
A steady climb in occupancy across the country since early September pushes the rate up to a 2022 high.
The Tourism Data Leadership Group is seeking feedback about the way tourism data and insight is leveraged by users.
Air New Zealand passenger numbers continue to rise steadily as they approach pre-Covid 2018 figures.
Queenstown’s winter season saw visitor expenditure exceed pre-Covid levels off the back of a strong ski season and the return of events.
Christchurch has hit an occupancy high for 2022 after a long climb from the Omicron-impacted doldrums of March this year.
New Zealand holiday parks generate average annual income of $1.15m each with larger properties earning more than double that, according to a sample of the industry.
The airport has surpassed pre-pandemic levels of activity with September 2022 the breakthrough month.
The capital is having a strong spring with the return of the World of WearableArt after three years helping to drive occupancy and ADR.
Plans by Kiwis to spend on both domestic and international travel remain firm but hospitality is suffering.
Visitor numbers at high-volume destinations such as Great Walks during 2021/22 remains below pre-pandemic levels despite strong domestic demand, says DOC.
Staffing challenges could create reputational damage if summer demand is not satisfied, warns the consultancy.
After spending most of the year struggling to crack 50% occupancy, Auckland is finally on the move with the major metrics all trending in the right direction.
Wellington’s reputation as a business events destination is on the rise, with the region seeing an increase in market share in the June 2022 quarter of 30% year-on-year for all conferences.
A bumper ski season and the open border helps Queenstown lead occupancy in August.
Increasing operating expenses, particularly for labour and utilities, are also weighing on sentiment.
Average weekly occupancy and ADR have slid from their winter highs at Queenstown but the October school holidays will hopefully give the resort another spring boost.
International tourism arrivals have reached more than half of pre-pandemic levels but Asia Pacific is lagging.
Despite borders being open, Kiwis are still enjoying their backyard and overwhelmingly agree that NZ delivers as a holiday destination.
Visitors flocked to Queenstown over winter with total expenditure for June, July and August 2022 up 20% over the same period in pre-Covid 2019.
Average weekly occupancy across all of New Zealand barely budged over winter, hovering around 55% since early July 2022, according to figures from STR.
Queenstown Airport has reported strong passenger volumes over winter, helped by the removal of border restriction and school holidays in New Zealand and Australia.
The airline carried 1.096 million passengers in August 2022, up 117.8% from the 503,000 during the same month last year, and closing in on the 1.117 million passengers it carried in August 2018.