Tourism spending data for August 2017 released

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today show an increase in tourism expenditure in most regions in the year to August 2017.

Key points:
International spending growth was stronger in all regions than domestic spending growth in the year to August 2017.

West Coast was the fastest growing region for tourism spend for the year ending August 2017, (up 14 per cent to $543 million), closely followed by Tasman (up 14 per cent to $314 million) and Southland (up 10 per cent to $625 million).

Spending by visitors from the United States continued to grow strongly (up 27 per cent to $1.1 billion). This was followed by spending by German visitors (up 25 per cent to $383 million) and Canadian visitors (up 17 per cent $191 million).

MBIE has recently released a user guide providing information on how the estimates are calculated and how they should be interpreted.

View the full statistics from the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates