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TECTS: Visitor spend falls 11% despite strong domestic demand
5 Mar 2021  

TECTS: Visitor spend falls 11% despite strong domestic demand

Visitor spend fell 11% to $1.25bn in January 2021 compared to the same month a year ago as the gap left by absent international tourists proved too large to plug for domestics.


Air, sea transport spend rises $100m in Dec quarter – Stats NZ
3 Mar 2021   /

Air, sea transport spend rises $100m in Dec quarter – Stats NZ

Spending on international sea and air transportation services has risen steadily from the Covid-affected low in the June 2020 quarter, says Stats NZ.


Accommodation spend falls 18% in Dec quarter
24 Feb 2021   /

Accommodation spend falls 18% in Dec quarter

Spending on accommodation in the December 2020 quarter fell to $967.91m, down 18% compared to the corresponding period a year earlier.


TECTS: Which RTOs saw spend increase in 2020?
22 Feb 2021   /

TECTS: Which RTOs saw spend increase in 2020?

Four RTOs took in more tourism dollars in 2020 compared with a year earlier despite an absence of international visitors for the most of the period, according to MBIE.


Almost half of Kiwis willing to spend more on dream holidays – Expedia
11 Feb 2021   /

Almost half of Kiwis willing to spend more on dream holidays – Expedia

Queenstown tops Expedia’s list of top searched destinations for a 2021 holiday.


Goodbye MRTEs, hello TECTs – MBIE changes up visitor spend data
5 Feb 2021   /

Goodbye MRTEs, hello TECTs – MBIE changes up visitor spend data

The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates have been suspended because of the impact Covid-19 has had on the dataset’s methodology.


TNZ to face “significant competition” from Aus for Kiwi spend
21 Jan 2021   /

TNZ to face “significant competition” from Aus for Kiwi spend

Australia’s bigger budget destination marketers will compete fiercely for Kiwis.


Accommodation spend drops 32% in December – Stats NZ
19 Jan 2021   /

Accommodation spend drops 32% in December – Stats NZ

Stats NZ domestic card spending data for December reveals a sluggish start to summer for the accommodation sector.


Tourism hits $42bn record – then Covid strikes…
12 Jan 2021   /

Tourism hits $42bn record – then Covid strikes…

The latest TSA highlights the sector’s ability to generate income and provide employment.


2020 accom spend falls 30% – Paymark
12 Jan 2021  

2020 accom spend falls 30% – Paymark

Spending at accommodation merchants through the Paymark network fell by 30% in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to the electronic card payments processor.


Visitor spend falls to $1.47bn for Sept quarter
4 Dec 2020   /

Visitor spend falls to $1.47bn for Sept quarter

Visitor spend for the September 2020 quarter fell to $1.47bn, down from $2.88bn for the same period last year, according to new government data.


International visitor spend halves in Sept quarter
3 Dec 2020   /

International visitor spend halves in Sept quarter

Spending by overseas visitors and students within New Zealand fell by half to $1.5bn in the September 2020 quarter, compared with the same period last year, says Stats NZ.


Some border restrictions to remain for most of 2021 – NZIER
25 Nov 2020   /

Some border restrictions to remain for most of 2021 – NZIER

This will continue to have a severe impact on New Zealand services exports, primarily tourism and international education.


Summit 2020: Post-summer concerns mounting
18 Nov 2020   /

Summit 2020: Post-summer concerns mounting

Tourism is facing nearly $13bn in lost spending due to the border closures.


October accommodation spend falls $46m
11 Nov 2020   /

October accommodation spend falls $46m

Spending on travel agency and other tour arrangement services was down $128m, or 86%, compared to October 2019.


MRTEs: Second lockdown lingers in Sept spend falls
6 Nov 2020   /

MRTEs: Second lockdown lingers in Sept spend falls

Despite the challenges, Northland saw visitor spend for the month jump 30% to $84m.


Queenstown small business revenue falls 10.5%
29 Oct 2020   /

Queenstown small business revenue falls 10.5%

This compared with national growth of 3.4%, with all other regions seeing a rise in revenue including Northland up 10.7%, Canterbury up 7.1%, Wellingtonupt 5.4%, and Waikato up 3.7%.


What to expect from a domestic-only summer? TNZ gives its view
20 Oct 2020   /

What to expect from a domestic-only summer? TNZ gives its view

CEO Stephen England-Hall says the sector is heading for “a pretty compelling summer”.


Bumper domestic summer expected – Tourism NZ
13 Oct 2020   /

Bumper domestic summer expected – Tourism NZ

Tourism New Zealand is forecasting a bumper domestic summer season but slates 2024 for a full recovery in international demand, according to its latest scenerio modelling of the future tourism recovery.


Hawke’s Bay tops August visitor spend growth
9 Oct 2020   /

Hawke’s Bay tops August visitor spend growth

Visitor spending in the Hawke’s Bay topped any other region during August.


MRTEs: Auckland lockdown hits visitor spend hard
2 Oct 2020   /

MRTEs: Auckland lockdown hits visitor spend hard

Auckland’s second coronavirus lockdown dealt a further blow to the gateway city’s tourism economy already suffering from a lack of international visitors, with a 61% drop in tourist takings recorded in August.


Tourism misses out on $4.3bn Jan-July 2020
21 Sep 2020   /

Tourism misses out on $4.3bn Jan-July 2020

March, April and May were “catastrophic” for the sector, says TIA.


Travel and tourism spend falls 97% in August – Stats NZ
11 Sep 2020   /

Travel and tourism spend falls 97% in August – Stats NZ

Spending on travel and tourism services suffered in August 2020 due to Covid-19 alert level 3 restrictions in Auckland and alert level 2 for the rest of New Zealand, says Stats NZ.


Whanganui visitor spend jumps 30%
9 Sep 2020   /

Whanganui visitor spend jumps 30%

Visitors spent $12.6m in Whanganui during July, which was more akin to spending over summer holidays than a typical winter month.


MRTEs: July spend booms but not for everyone
4 Sep 2020   /

MRTEs: July spend booms but not for everyone

New Zealanders hitting the road in the July school holidays delivered a huge spending boost for many smaller regions across the country, while key destinations including Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown continued to suffer from a lack of international spend.


Operators suffering as lockdown suppresses spend – TIA
25 Aug 2020   /

Operators suffering as lockdown suppresses spend – TIA

Tourism businesses are suffering large financial hits while the Covid-19 alert level 3 for Auckland continues, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.


July hospo spend well ahead but travel woes continue – Marketview
19 Aug 2020   /

July hospo spend well ahead but travel woes continue – Marketview

July 2020 was the second full month of relatively normal “business as usual” since the initial Covid-19 lockdown earlier this year, says Marketview.


Strongest June on record for Whanganui spend
11 Aug 2020   /

Strongest June on record for Whanganui spend

June 2020 was the strongest June on record for Whanganui despite the impact of Covid-19, according Whanganui & Partners.


MRTEs: Gloomy June for DQ as border closure hits spend
7 Aug 2020   /

MRTEs: Gloomy June for DQ as border closure hits spend

A shift to alert level 1 in June was not enough to offset a lack of international dollars being spent in many regions across the country, according to the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.


July accommodation spend falls 11% – Paymark
7 Aug 2020   /

July accommodation spend falls 11% – Paymark

Nationwide spend across the accommodation sector through Paymark in July 2020 was 10.9% below the same month last year.


West Coast tops school holiday visitor spending growth
27 Jul 2020   /

West Coast tops school holiday visitor spending growth

The region saw visitor spend jump by almost two-thirds in the two weeks to 19 July, compared to the same corresponding period in 2019.


Tourism spending hit – which regions lost the most during lockdown?
24 Jul 2020   /

Tourism spending hit – which regions lost the most during lockdown?

Three South Island regions were the hardest hit by stifled tourism spend during the three-month peak of New Zealand’s Covid-19 crisis, according to TIA analysis of the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.


June consumer spend up, travel dives 97% – Marketview
20 Jul 2020   /

June consumer spend up, travel dives 97% – Marketview

June 2020 was the first full month where retail spending was back to ‘normal’ following the more restrictive lockdown phases, says Marketview.


Whanganui hospo, accom top pre-Covid levels
15 Jul 2020   /

Whanganui hospo, accom top pre-Covid levels

Whanganui hospitality and accommodation businesses have seen significant consumer spending growth following the Covid-19 alert level 4 lockdown, says Whanganui & Partners.


Accom, hospo spend revives, travel stuck in doldrums – Stats NZ
13 Jul 2020   /

Accom, hospo spend revives, travel stuck in doldrums – Stats NZ

Hospitality spending on accommodation and food and beverage bounced back in June.


Domestic tourism spend rebound “fantastic to see” – Tourism NZ
3 Jul 2020   /

Domestic tourism spend rebound “fantastic to see” – Tourism NZ

Domestic tourism spend rebounded to $827m in May 2020, up from $177m in April, according to the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.


MRTEs: Spending plummets in April, Fiordland suffers most
5 Jun 2020   /

MRTEs: Spending plummets in April, Fiordland suffers most

Half of the country’s RTO areas suffered visitor spending falls of 90% or more in April 2020, the first full month of lockdown.


IVS: Average spend jumps as visitor numbers fall
4 Jun 2020   /

IVS: Average spend jumps as visitor numbers fall

Total spend for the March 2020 year increased 2% to $11.47bn.


Tourism emissions to be measured in new Govt report
3 Jun 2020   /

Tourism emissions to be measured in new Govt report

Stats NZ is preparing to launch the regular research series into the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions.


Staycations could inject billions into tourism – which regions will benefit?
19 May 2020   /

Staycations could inject billions into tourism – which regions will benefit?

Kiwis holidaying at home could inject billions into NZ tourism – which region will benefit the most?


Hospo, accom spending plummets as lockdown keeps wallets shut
12 May 2020   /

Hospo, accom spending plummets as lockdown keeps wallets shut

Travel agency and tour arrangement services spending fell to negative numbers for the first time since Stats NZ began collecting the data, says the department.


MRTEs: March lockdown sees spend plummet across NZ
11 May 2020   /

MRTEs: March lockdown sees spend plummet across NZ

Tourism spend fell across the board in March as travel was reduced to a trickle when New Zealand transitioned to a level 4 lockdown on 26 March, according to the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.


“Huge surge” in pipeline for tourism – survey
21 Apr 2020  

“Huge surge” in pipeline for tourism – survey

Domestic holidays, road trips and flights are on Kiwis’ post-Covid-19 lockdown wishlist, according to new research.


Travel and tourism spend suffers record fall
14 Apr 2020   /

Travel and tourism spend suffers record fall

Card spending on travel agency and tour services has nosedived to the biggest fall on record.


MBIE delays monthly regional tourism estimates
8 Apr 2020   /

MBIE delays monthly regional tourism estimates

The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates will not be published next week, says MBIE.


Chch hospo, accommodation spending tumbles
7 Apr 2020   /

Chch hospo, accommodation spending tumbles

Hospitality and accommodation in Christchurch was hardest hit with an 82% decline in spending in the week ended March 29 compared with the same week a year ago.


MRTEs: Mackenzie tops January spending growth
6 Mar 2020   /

MRTEs: Mackenzie tops January spending growth

The Mackenzie Region led a total of seven Regional Tourism Organisations that posted double-digit spending growth in January, according to the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.


Chinese visitor spend falls 40% in Feb – Paymark
4 Mar 2020   /

Chinese visitor spend falls 40% in Feb – Paymark

Spending with China-issued credit cards was down 39.3% in February from a year earlier, says Paymark.


IVS: US visitor spend surges 29% to top $1.5bn in 2019
3 Mar 2020  

IVS: US visitor spend surges 29% to top $1.5bn in 2019

International visitors from the United States have once again led spending growth, with a 29% leap in the year ended December 2019, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


MBIE delays release of visitor spending data
27 Feb 2020   /

MBIE delays release of visitor spending data

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has delayed the release of January’s Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.