Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates for April 2017 released.
The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today show that tourism expenditure grew in all regions over the year to April 2017.
The fastest growing region was West Coast, which increased 12 per cent over the year to April 2017 to $524 million, followed by Nelson (up 10 per cent to $346 million) and Tasman (up 10 per cent to $307 million).
After the earthquakes last November, North Canterbury's spending for the month of April has now returned to the same level as April 2016. However, spending for North Canterbury is still down year ending April 2017 compared with the previous year.
United States visitor spending again continued its strong upward trend, up 23 per cent over the year to April 2017.
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
Guest nights fall in March as Easter moves.
Guest nights in March 2017 dropped 3.1 percent compared with March 2016, as Easter moved from March last year to April this year, Stats NZ said today. The Easter effect was most noticeable in domestic guest nights, which decreased 5.6 percent compared with the same month last year. This followed decreases in domestic guest nights in four of the last six months compared with the same month last year.
For the first time since October 2013, international guest nights did not increase from the same month of the previous year. The trend for international guest nights is decreasing.
"The decline in total guest nights was particularly noticeable for holiday parks," business indicators senior manager Neil Kelly said. "Moving Easter holidays combined with relatively poor weather saw holiday park guest nights decrease 16 percent compared with last March."
Falls in South Island and Canterbury guest nights were affected by ongoing impacts from the Kaikōura earthquakes. Guest nights in Kaikōura were 52 percent lower than in March 2016.
The Accommodation Survey collects data for guests staying in commercial hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, and holiday parks in New Zealand each month. Private accommodation is excluded.
See Accommodation Survey: March 2017 for more information on monthly accommodation statistics.
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