International visitor spending shows strong growth

The latest International Visitor Survey results released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment show:

Spending by international visitors in New Zealand increased seven per cent to $11.1 billion for the year to September 2018.

There was an increase of $650 million compared with the year ended September 2017.

China spend contributed to the overall rise, up 14 per cent to $1.63 billion in the year ended September 2018.  This coincided with a rise in the number of visitors from China, up 11 per cent over the same period. Average spend per visitor also grew, up four per cent.

Visitor spend from Germany showed strong growth, up a statistically significant 16 per cent to $572 million for the year ended September 2018. German average spend was up 17 per cent to $5,900. A weaker New Zealand dollar against the Euro (down nine per cent over the year) has meant that European visitors' money goes further and they are able to spend more when while in New Zealand.

More detail and insight into what’s happening in New Zealand’s tourism sector is available in the Quarterly Tourism Report.

Read more about the International Visitor Survey results.
International visitor spending shows strong growth