Tourism spending data for July 2018 released

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs) released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) show that tourism expenditure grew in all regions over the year ended July 2018.

Key points:
All regions achieved growth in tourism spending in the year ended July 2018. The fastest-growing regions were Gisborne (up 17.2 per cent), Canterbury (up 14.0 per cent) and Taranaki (up 13.6 per cent). Each of these regions had experienced stronger-than-average spending over the summer peak in the latest year.

 • In Gisborne, international visitors spent $31 million over the year (up 17.9 per cent compared with the year to July 2017), and domestic tourists spent $129 million (up 17.0 per cent).

 • Although annual spend has grown, July 2018 international visitor spend was down on July 2017 for most regions. This decrease in monthly spend can be attributed to the DHL British and Irish Lions Series in July 2017 which saw higher than normal spending across all regions. UK spending in July 2018 was on average down nearly a half (48.8 per cent) compared with July 2017.

Revised spend figures for the Tasman & Nelson regions
An anomaly was identified during the collection and processing of the raw data for the current month. A domestic and an international bank were found to have the same "unique" bank identifier number, resulting in misallocation of domestic spend to the international spend category. This has been resolved by the data supplier.

The relevant outputs have been correctly reclassified as either international, domestic visitor or domestic local spend. As domestic local spend is not classed as tourism spend, this has resulted in small reductions in overall tourism spend in some areas of the country, with Nelson and Tasman being the regions most affected.

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Tourism spending data for July 2018 released