The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today show that tourism expenditure grew in most regions over the year to January 2017.
The fastest growing region was Nelson, which increased 14 per cent to $344 million in the year ending January 2017, followed by West Coast (up 13 per cent to $495 million) and Otago (up 11 per cent to $3.5 billion).
The earthquake last November made a significant impact on the total spend locally in North Canterbury, which includes Kaikoura and Hurunui Districts. Marlborough and Wellington, two other regions affected by the earthquake, had a slight drop in tourism spending in the month of January 2017 compared with January 2016. Other regions in the South Island have recovered from the impact of the earthquakes in November, with international and domestic tourism spending higher in Canterbury, Tasman and the West Coast.
View the full statistics from the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates
The International Visitor Survey (IVS) by MBIE measures the travel patterns and expenditure of international visitors to New Zealand. Data includes expenditure, places visited, activities/attractions, accommodation and transport.
International Visitor Survey for the year ended December 2016
International Visitor Survey for the year ended September 2016
International Visitor Survey for the year ended June 2016
International Visitor Survey for the year ended March 2016
National guest nights this January had a modest increase of 1.1 percent on January 2016, Stats NZ said today. International guest nights hit a record 2 million, up 6.9 percent on January 2016. This rise offset the drop in domestic guest nights, which fell 2.7 percent.
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