MBIE - Tourism spending data for July 2019 released

The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs) for July are now available on our website. The MRTEs aim to provide a regional picture of tourism spending and enable the regional tourism organisations to assess trends and changes in international and domestic spend over time.

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What the data says:
The Wellington Region had the highest growth in tourism spend, up 8.3 per cent to $2.7 billion for the year ended July 2019. This was driven by an increase in international spend; up 11.8 per cent, and a smaller rise of 6.7 per cent for domestic spend.

Other regions that showed strong growth were Waikato (up 5.4 per cent to $2.7 billion) and Taranaki (up 5.1 per cent to $417 million).

The West Coast experienced a decline in total tourism spends, falling 2.7 per cent to $508 million for the year ended July 2019.  This was driven by lower domestic tourism spend in the region, which fell 6.9 per cent over the year.


The MRTEs were designed to estimate regional spending patterns and relativities between regions. The MRTEs are indicative and best suited to analyse trends. MRTEs should not be used to represent national spend trends.

The International Visitor Survey is better placed to calculate total international spending.

A user guide providing information on how the estimates are calculated and how they should be interpreted is also available.

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MBIE - Tourism spending data for July 2019 released