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West Coast tourism spend, guest nights fall
21 Nov 2022   /

West Coast tourism spend, guest nights fall

Tourism spending on the West Coast fell 0.7% in the September 2022 year and guest nights also dropped 8.9%.


Hospo on the rise as card spending increases
10 Nov 2022   /

Hospo on the rise as card spending increases

Total card spending across New Zealand was $9.1bn in October 2022, up 20.2% from the same month last year.


Domestic travel spend sentiment weakens as consumers retrench – survey
7 Nov 2022   /

Domestic travel spend sentiment weakens as consumers retrench – survey

But international active considerer preference for NZ surges to a six-year high, driven by US and China.


Monthly visitor card spend beats pre-Covid as recovery takes hold
3 Nov 2022   /

Monthly visitor card spend beats pre-Covid as recovery takes hold

For the first time since the pandemic began, international visitor card spend exceeds pre-Covid levels.


Queenstown winter “one for the history books” as visitor spend beats pre-Covid
25 Oct 2022   /

Queenstown winter “one for the history books” as visitor spend beats pre-Covid

Queenstown’s winter season saw visitor expenditure exceed pre-Covid levels off the back of a strong ski season and the return of events.


Dolomite Point project already benefiting Punakaiki – DOC
6 Oct 2022  

Dolomite Point project already benefiting Punakaiki – DOC

Construction of the Department of Conservation’s new Experience Centre at the $26m Dolomite Point Redevelopment Project at Punakaiki is providing a boost for local accommodation and hospitality providers.


Domestic demand dips but short breaks appeal still strong – TNZ
27 Sep 2022   /

Domestic demand dips but short breaks appeal still strong – TNZ

Despite borders being open, Kiwis are still enjoying their backyard and overwhelmingly agree that NZ delivers as a holiday destination.


Queenstown winter visitor spend tops pre-Covid
27 Sep 2022   /

Queenstown winter visitor spend tops pre-Covid

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.


August hospo spend jumps 78% due to 2021 Delta lockdown
12 Sep 2022   /

August hospo spend jumps 78% due to 2021 Delta lockdown

Actual spending in the hospitality industry reached $1.15bn in August 2022, up 78.2% from $646m the same month last year, according to Stats NZ.


TECTS: Aussies drive international visitor spend near pre-Covid levels
1 Sep 2022   /

TECTS: Aussies drive international visitor spend near pre-Covid levels

International visitor spending jumped to $182.8m in July 2022, just 9% down from the same month in pre-Covid 2019.


Accom, hospo sales up more than $70m each – Stats NZ
29 Aug 2022   /

Accom, hospo sales up more than $70m each – Stats NZ

The easing of border restrictions have accounted for more than $77.3m in the food and beverages sector and almost $71.3m in accommodation.


How is the cost of living impacting Kiwis’ tourism spend?
8 Aug 2022   /

How is the cost of living impacting Kiwis’ tourism spend?

People are generally cutting their overall expenditure but the desire to travel is still strong, says a survey.


International visitor spends jumps in June
4 Aug 2022   /

International visitor spends jumps in June

International visitor spend grew to $125.4m in the month of June 2022, up 22.7% on the same period last year, according to the latest Tourism Electronic Card Transaction figures.


Accom, travel spending increasing – Worldline
4 Aug 2022   /

Accom, travel spending increasing – Worldline

Consumer spend is improving in merchant groups including hotels and motels, taxis, flight booking companies and movie theatres, but remains below pre-Covid levels.


TECTS: International visitor spend nears $1bn, domestic dips
11 Jul 2022   /

TECTS: International visitor spend nears $1bn, domestic dips

International visitor spend has reached its highest level since the pandemic began thanks to the easing of New Zealand’s borders.


Matariki brings regional boost for hospo
6 Jul 2022   /

Matariki brings regional boost for hospo

The first Matariki long weekend provided a welcome lift for the hospitality sector, according to Worldline data.


MBIE to reinstate IVS from July
8 Jun 2022   /

MBIE to reinstate IVS from July

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment plans to restart the International Visitor Survey in July 2022.


NZ travel service exports flat in Q1 – Stats NZ
3 Jun 2022   /

NZ travel service exports flat in Q1 – Stats NZ

Travel exports, or international visitor spend, was just over $1bn in the March 2022 quarter, about the same as the previous corresponding period, according to Stats NZ.


Domestic travel appetite strong despite border easing – report
24 May 2022   /

Domestic travel appetite strong despite border easing – report

The reopening of New Zealand’s borders does not appear to be dampening Kiwis’ appetites for a domestic holiday, according to an industry report.


Visitor spend in Taranaki jumps 10%
19 May 2022   /

Visitor spend in Taranaki jumps 10%

Taranaki is among the top seven regions in the country for visitor spend for the year ending February 2022, says Venture Taranaki.


Kiwis drive Buller tourism spend up 10%
19 May 2022   /

Kiwis drive Buller tourism spend up 10%

Total tourism expenditure in the Buller District increased by 9.8% in the year to March 2022.


Card spending up in April, but down for hospo
11 May 2022   /

Card spending up in April, but down for hospo

Seasonally adjusted debit and credit card spending rose by $551m or 7% to $8.1bn in April 2022 compared with the previous month, according to Stats NZ.


International, domestic travel top spending intentions survey
9 May 2022   /

International, domestic travel top spending intentions survey

People’s plans to spend more on international travel over the next 3-6 months appear particularly strong.


Long lead times, recovering market leaves little room to manoeuvre on prices
2 May 2022   /

Long lead times, recovering market leaves little room to manoeuvre on prices

Rising costs are prompting price revisions with little room to manoeuvre in a recovering market for ITOs and suppliers.


Hospo spend tops $202m over Easter
21 Apr 2022   /

Hospo spend tops $202m over Easter

Consumer spending in hospitality over the week leading up to Easter Monday reached $202.8m, bucking a 23% downward trend over the last eight months.


Great Rides closing in on $1bn spend
20 Apr 2022   /

Great Rides closing in on $1bn spend

New Zealand’s cycle trails and cycle tourism are driving economic activity, according to two reports released by Tourism Minister Stuart Nash.


Omicron wipes $149m off hospo March spend
12 Apr 2022   /

Omicron wipes $149m off hospo March spend

Card spending in hospitality fell to $891m in March 2022, down by 14.3% or $149m compared to the same month last year, according to Stats NZ.


Holidays top April consumer spending plans – survey
11 Apr 2022   /

Holidays top April consumer spending plans – survey

Kiwis are planning to spend more on both domestic and international tourism in the 3-6 months ahead.


Hospo spend sees gradual improvement in March
6 Apr 2022   /

Hospo spend sees gradual improvement in March

Spending in the hospitality sector increased steadily during March reaching almost $700m, according to new data by Worldline.


Omicron “double whammy” for domestic tourism – survey
9 Mar 2022   /

Omicron “double whammy” for domestic tourism – survey

Plans to spend on domestic tourism and hospo have collapsed but international travel is on the rise.


Tourism spend up 16% for Hastings
9 Mar 2022   /

Tourism spend up 16% for Hastings

Despite tourism spend up 16% the city’s events, hospitality and retail sectors still face challenges.


TECTS: Tasman leads domestic visitor spend growth
7 Mar 2022   /

TECTS: Tasman leads domestic visitor spend growth

The region topped both annual and monthly visitor spend growth in January.


International Visitors Survey back in July
25 Feb 2022  

International Visitors Survey back in July

The International Visitors Survey is expected to restart again in July this year, says the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


Auckland Unlimited suspends activation, discount fund programmes
23 Feb 2022  

Auckland Unlimited suspends activation, discount fund programmes

Auckland Unlimited has suspended key parts of the city’s voucher scheme designed to stimulate spending.


TECTs: Wairarapa tops Dec growth, Auckland lockdown drags
21 Feb 2022   /

TECTs: Wairarapa tops Dec growth, Auckland lockdown drags

Regional tourism organisation areas around the country put in a mixed performance in December versus a year earlier.


TCO: Central Otago tops 2021 visitor spend growth
18 Feb 2022   /

TCO: Central Otago tops 2021 visitor spend growth

Central Otago has come out on top of the list of 31 regions recording growth in total visitor spend for 2021, says Tourism Central Otago.


Sentiment sours on tourism, hospo spending – survey
9 Feb 2022   /

Sentiment sours on tourism, hospo spending – survey

People have gone into their shells “like never before during the pandemic” with a possible wave of business failures to come.


TECTS: Otago regions continue spending run in Nov
25 Jan 2022   /

TECTS: Otago regions continue spending run in Nov

Regional tourism organisation areas in the wider Otago region continued to put in a better performance for domestic spending in November 2021 versus the same month a year earlier.


Spending jumps in Taupō over Christmas, New Year
21 Jan 2022  

Spending jumps in Taupō over Christmas, New Year

Spending in the Taupō district jumped over the Christmas/New Year period, peaking at $17.5m in the week ending 3 January, an increase of 11.2% on the same period the previous year.


TSA shows “catastrophic” Covid impact on tourism – TIA
13 Dec 2021   /

TSA shows “catastrophic” Covid impact on tourism – TIA

Stats NZ’s latest Tourism satellite account shows the devastating effect the pandemic has had on tourism, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.


Tourism, hospo spend continues to drag in Nov – Stats NZ
13 Dec 2021   /

Tourism, hospo spend continues to drag in Nov – Stats NZ

Electronic card transaction spending for November 2021 in the hospitality sector dropped 20.8% to $845m compared to the same month in 2020.


Kiwis shift spend to experiences over products – Mastercard
10 Dec 2021  

Kiwis shift spend to experiences over products – Mastercard

New Zealanders are looking to spend their lockdown savings on experiences over products this summer, according to research commissioned by Mastercard.


TECTS: Otago RTOs top October spending growth
6 Dec 2021   /

TECTS: Otago RTOs top October spending growth

Otago regional tourism organisation areas have topped October 2021 domestic spending growth versus the same month a year ago


Auckland spend bounces back – BNZ
22 Nov 2021   /

Auckland spend bounces back – BNZ

The introduction of Alert Level 3 Step 2 in Auckland helped lift card spending in the region.


Tourism, hospo spend suffers in Oct – Stats NZ
11 Nov 2021   /

Tourism, hospo spend suffers in Oct – Stats NZ

Tourism and hospitality spending in October 2021 fell sharply compared to the same month a year ago as the Delta outbreak took a toll on consumer expenditure.


TECTS: Drop in spending led by locked-down Auckland
5 Nov 2021   /

TECTS: Drop in spending led by locked-down Auckland

Almost all regional tourism organisation areas around the country saw weaker monthly domestic spending in September 2021 than a year.


Queen Charlotte Track closure impacts spending
29 Oct 2021   /

Queen Charlotte Track closure impacts spending

Stormy weather and the short-term closure of the Queen Charlotte Track impacted September spending in Marlborough.


$3.3m advertising helps generate $424m visitor spend – WellingtonNZ
26 Oct 2021   /

$3.3m advertising helps generate $424m visitor spend – WellingtonNZ

WellingtonNZ says it has seen a significant return on its advertising spend with the impact of its Love Local campaign a highlight.


Domestic holiday spend intentions holding for summer – survey
14 Oct 2021   /

Domestic holiday spend intentions holding for summer – survey

The number of people planning to spend more on a domestic holiday in the next three to six months over the key summer period remains steady at 20% in October, according to former Bank of New Zealand chief economist Tony Alexander.


TECTS: Lockdown dampens domestic spending growth
7 Oct 2021  

TECTS: Lockdown dampens domestic spending growth

All regional tourism organisations around the country with the exception of Auckland experienced weaker domestic spending than a year ago, according to data from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.