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 December 2016.
The fastest growing region was Nelson, which increased 15 per cent over the year to $340 million, followed by West Coast (up 13 per cent to $488 million) and Otago (up 12 per cent to $3.5 billion).
The earthquake on 14 November has had a limited overall impact on national tourism expenditure.
However, the earthquake made a significant impact on the total spend locally in North Canterbury, which includes Kaikoura and Hurunui Districts. This region saw a 28 per cent fall in tourism spending in December 2016 (to $27 million) compared with December 2015. International visitors' spending in North Canterbury fell 48 per cent in December 2016 (compared with December 2015), while domestic visitor spending fell 16 per cent over the same period.
Other regions in the South Island have recovered from the impact of the earthquakes in November, with international and domestic tourism spending at or higher than levels seen in December 2015.
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
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