Tourism spending data for December 2019 released

The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs) for December are now available on the MBIE website.

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What the data says
Tourism spending was up in most regions for the year ending December 2019. The region with the fastest growing tourism spend during the year ending December 2019 was Wellington, with seven per cent growth.

Total tourism expenditure for the year ending December 2019 was $30.4b, which is an increase of four per cent, compared to the year ending December 2018. Domestic tourism spending for the year ending December 2019 was $17.7b (up one per cent from December 2018).

The West Coast and Nelson experienced a decline in total tourism spending for the year ended December 2019. In the West Coast the decline was especially pronounced in the month of December 2019, where total spend was down 23 per cent compared to the month of December 2018. This may be related to the two-week closure of State Highway 6, caused by a slip, in December 2019. 

About MRTEs
The MRTEs were designed to estimate regional spending patterns and relativities between regions. MRTEs are indicative and best suited to analyse regional trends and should not be used to represent national spend trends. The International Visitor Survey is better placed to calculate total international spending.

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Tourism spending data for December 2019 released