Sunday, April 22, 2018


NZ v Australia – the big difference on how foreign tourists are viewed

Kiwis are twice as likely than Australians to believe international visitors put too much pressure on their respective countries, according to new research.

MBIE: Freedom campers almost double in two years to reach 110k

The number of visitors who freedom camped in New Zealand has almost doubled since 2015 to reach 110,000 last year, according to MBIE.

Stats NZ: Feb international guest nights beat domestic for first time in 8 years

Southern regions drove international guests nights over the top of domestic in February for the first time in eight years.

CDS: International growth in spend outweighed by domestic drop

Strong growth in international spend was not enough to offset a sharp fall in the amount spent by domestic delegates in 2017 according to the latest Convention Delegate Survey.

Survey: Help build better tourism insight

As part of TIA's effort to implement the Tourism Insight Framework actions, Victoria University of Wellington is conducting a survey to better understand how the tourism industry currently uses insight.

Canterbury, West Coast lead growth as Chinese NY boosts spending

Tourism spending grew in all regions over the past year to February 2018 with Canterbury and the West Coast regions showing the largest increases with monthly returns boosted by Chinese New Year.

Stats NZ: International input sought in IVS review

Stats NZ has updated stakeholders on the progress being made in its review of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's beleaguered International Visitor Survey.

Report: Global tourism growth to slow in 2018

One in five of all new jobs created in 2017 was in the travel and tourism sector but the rate of growth will slow this year, according to a new report on the economic effects of the global industry.

TNZ: Spring visitor growth out-performed summer

Spring holiday arrival growth has out-performed the peak summer season growth for 2017/2018, says Tourism New Zealand.

Chinese New Year drives record February visits

Chinese New Year falling in February in 2018 helped drive the number of visitors from that country to 68,900 during that month, more than double last year's 33,700, according to Stats NZ.

Stats NZ: Airbnb data capture proving difficult

Stats NZ says there is no clear path to collecting data from the country's growing non-commercial accommodation providers such as Airbnb despite increasing calls for insight into the subsector.

Stats NZ: Hospitality, accommodation card spending flat

Spending was subdued across most of the six retail industries including hospitality.

Hotel occupancy lifts 2% but ADR, RevPAR both jump 11% in 2017

Hotel occupancy rates across New Zealand rose by 2% last year but average daily rates and revenue per available room both jumped 11% during the same period.

2507 jobs, 25,760 foreign visitors, $194m generated – the Lions tour breakdown

The British and Irish Lions rugby tour last winter attracted 25,760 international visitors and contributed $194m to GDP,

CAS: Business events lead 2017 growth, delegate numbers flatten

A growing business events markets contributed to a 7% hike in the number of events in New Zealand last year.

January visitor numbers fall for first time in five years

Overseas visitors to New Zealand in January have fallen for the first time in five years, according to Stats NZ's latest international travel and migration figures.

Stats NZ launches Environmental Economic Accounts

The first report of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts shows the impact of what we are doing to the natural environment and what is being done to protect it.

Gisborne, Marlborough lead January spending growth

Gisborne and Marlborough showed the strongest month-on-month spending growth in January lifting 15% to $21m and 13% to $60m respectively

Visitor spend reaches record $10.6bn

The growth was driven by a 6.7% increase in visitors to New Zealand to a record 3.73 million last year with the US market performing strongly in terms of arrivals and spending.

Top UK statistician to review MBIE’s IVS

One of the UK's top statisticians has been tasked with reviewing the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment's beleaguered International Visitor Survey.

MBIE to conduct tourism data plan workshops

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment is to hold industry workshops to help inform its 2018 Tourism Data Domain Plan.

Canterbury, Southland guest nights jump as international visitors drive growth

Canterbury and Southland guest nights jumped in December compared to the same month the previous year.

Stats NZ: Hospitality spending leads growth in January

Consumers spent more on eating out and on hardware, furniture, and appliances in January 2018, according to Stats NZ.

Kaikōura growth jumps as recovery gives way to “fantastic” summer

Kaikōura has made a welcome return to strong growth as the region's recovery is underpinned by a booming tourism sector.

MBIE: December spending jumps 11%

Tourism spending was up in almost all regions for the year ending December 2017, with international spending growth stronger than domestic spending growth.

Visitors reach record 3.73 million

A record 3.73 million overseas visitors came to New Zealand in the year to December 2017 year with just over half of them here for a holiday.

Tourism, conferences, culture boost building consents

Building consents for all non-residential buildings including offices, education buildings, storage, and cultural buildings were worth $6.5bn in 2017.

Tasman tops November spending growth with 40% jump

Tasman recorded a staggering 40% jump tourism spend in November which saw the regions lead the country in terms of month to month growth.

MBIE draws fire after wiping nearly $1bn off visitor spending figures

MBIE has come under fire from tourism leaders after wiping $910m off international tourist spending.

UNWTO: Global tourism arrivals highest in seven years

International tourist arrivals grew by a remarkable 7% in 2017 to reach a total of 1,322 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

Terms of reference for Stats NZ’s IVS review released

The terms of reference for Stats NZ's review of MBIE's International Visitor Survey have been released.

Stats NZ: Visitor numbers rise while migration slows

A record 3.71 million visitors arrived in New Zealand in the November 2017 year. This was an 8 percent increase from the November 2016 year, Stats NZ said today.

Economist: MBIE’s top tourism data “next to useless”

An economist with detailed knowledge of MBIE's tourism data collection has come out criticising it as "next to useless" after this week's Tourism Satellite Account (TSA)  showed a fall in international tourism spend. 

The value of cruise to NZ has been slashed by hundreds of millions of...

The estimated value of cruise spend in New Zealand during the 2016-17 season was slashed by $318m in yesterday's Tourism Satellite Account, prompting questions over the accuracy of previous industry assessments.

Why did international tourist spend fall? Here’s MBIE’s explanation

What have been the drivers of the 0.9% drop in international tourism expenditure as reported in the TSA 2017? Here's MBIE's answer.

Tourism satellite account 2017: International tourist spend falls

International tourist spending has dropped to $14.5bn in the year to March, down 0.9% compared to the same month last year, according to Stats NZ's Tourism satellite account for 2017.   

Ski, sun and school holidays boost guest nights

School holidays, good weather and a longer ski season saw total guest nights from across New Zealand rise to 3.15 million in October, up 4.8% on the same month last year.

Spending surges in Wanaka RTO, Tasman regions

The Tasman region and Wanaka regional tourism organisation's area recorded large increases in spending for October, surging 32% and 28% respectively compared to the same month last year.  

Australians drive visitor arrivals to record 3.69 million

Australian tourists and visitors pushed total arrivals to New Zealand to a record 3.69 million for the year to October, up 8% on the previous corresponding period, according to Stats NZ.

Qrious kills tourism data portals, reduces location-led insight for regions

Big data start-up Qrious is ending its location-led tourism insight web portals saying it is uneconomic to continue with the award-winning service.

MBIE: International visitors spend record $10.4bn

Spending by international visitors in New Zealand was a record $10.4bn for the year to September 2017, according to MBIE.

TIA launches framework to boost insight quality

Tourism Industry Aotearoa has today launched a new insight framework to boost the quality of data, research, and analysis available to operators.

South Island demand lifts September guest nights

Total New Zealand guest nights rose by 1.4% in September driven by South Island hotels and backpackers while North Island guest nights dipped, said Stats NZ.

Research: Support for tourism but pressure evident

New research by Angus & Associates shows that New Zealanders value tourism almost universally, but that there is also a widely held view that tourism is putting too much pressure on the country.

Tourism economy measured in new online tools

Two new economic tools will help measure activity in Auckland including the part that tourism is playing in the city.

MBIE: West Coast leads tourist September spend growth

Tourism expenditure grew in most regions over the year to September 2017.

Record arrivals near 3.7m

A record-breaking 3.68 million visitors arrived in New Zealand in the September 2017 year, up 9% on the previous 12 month period, according to Stats NZ.

New cruise data provides insight into fast-growing sector

Stats NZ has released its first cruise ship traveller statistics providing insight into the number of passengers and crew arriving and departing New Zealand

Guest nights drop as domestic North Island stays fall

National guest nights dropped slightly in August driven by a fall in North Island stays by domestic travellers.

Stats NZ delays top tourism data collection

The country's premier tourism data collection, the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) has been delayed.

Stats NZ to review MBIE’s IVS

MBIE is to have its top tourism data collection, the Tier 1 International Visitor Survey, reviewed by Stats NZ because of concerns over its accuracy.

West Coast tourism spend grows fastest for August

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by MBIE yesterday showed an increase in tourism expenditure in most regions in the year to August 2017.

Research: NZ hotel rates cheap, could rise further

New Zealand hotel room rates are cheaper than comparable international destinations and could justifiably increase further, according to a Lincoln University study. 

Visitor arrivals reach record 3.67 million as growth slows

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand reached a new annual record of 3.67 million for the year to August, up 9% compared to the previous year.

Tourism spurs services surplus to a record $1.3bn

New Zealand’s current account deficit narrowed to $1.6 billion in the June 2017 quarter, driven by $3.7 billion worth of spending by visitors from overseas.

Squash champs helps BOP lead guest nights growth

The Bay of Plenty region saw the largest increase in guest nights in New Zealand for July, up 5.4% compared to the same month last year, according to Stats NZ.

UN: Strongest growth since 2010 for global tourism

Destinations worldwide welcomed 598m international tourists in the first six months of 2017, some 36m more than in the same period of 2016.

TNZ: Visitor feedback highlights opportunities for industry

Data sourced from international visitors will help the New Zealand tourism industry continue to meet expectations and identify new opportunities, says Tourism New Zealand.

MBIE: UK visitor spend surges as Chinese drops

For visitors from the United Kingdom, spending continued to grow strongly across all regions as a result of the DHL NZ Lions Series.

Stats NZ starts investigation into MBIE’s IVS

Stats NZ has begun an investigation into the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's International Visitor Survey

CAS: More delegates, more days, more events

A strong 12 months for events has seen measures lift across the board, MBIE's latest Convention Activity Survey.

Marketview: Lions tourists proved value off the field

A new report shows that the Lions tour provided a significant boost to the local economy, attracting high value and experience driven British and Irish supporters.

Stats NZ: Visitor arrivals a record high for July

In July 2017, 246,900 overseas visitors arrived in New Zealand, setting a new July record, said Stats NZ.

MBIE: International visitors spend $10.3bn to June 2017

Spending by international visitors in New Zealand was $10.3 billion for the year ending June 2017, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

MBIE: High ratings for NZ as a travel destination

Almost all international visitors rate New Zealand as a destination with 96% saying their trip met or exceeded expectations, according to MBIE.

Sports events lift hospo growth to new record

The World Masters Games and the Lions rugby tour helped boost hospitality which saw record growth for the food and beverages services industry in the June 2017 quarter.

Holiday parks biggest beneficiaries as June guest nights jump

New Zealand national guest nights rose by 6.7% to 2.3m in June compared to the same month last year, boosted by visitors in New Zealand for the Lions rugby tour.

MBIE revises data, releases user guide with latest MRTEs

MBIE has released a new user guide with the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates and has tweaked its historical dataset for the collection.

Domestic passengers surge as Queenstown reports record

Queenstown Airport has reported another record rise in passengers with 1.89m travelling through its Frankton terminal in the year to June, up 15% compared to the previous corresponding period.

Air New Zealand – a year in numbers

As the new financial year gets underway Air New Zealand has been looking back over key customer data from the past 12 months to reveal interesting insights into travellers’ habits and preferences.

Canterbury guest nights lead latest rises

Booming tourism in the Mackenzie District has seen Canterbury record an extra 25,000 guest nights in May, topping Stats NZ's latest accommodation survey.

FOCUS on Data: Getting smarter

Angus & Associates has launched a new data tool for tourism operators that will provide them with information on customer expectations and experiences.

FOCUS on Data: A Qrious future

Big data platform Qrious is aiming to become the leading provider of location-led insights for New Zealand's tourism industry.

Hospitality the ‘mane’ event in June spend

A rise in card spending in the hospitality industry in June coincided with the start of the British and Irish Lions rugby tour, according to Stats NZ.

FOCUS on Data: Fresh fields

Tourism economist and consultant and one of the biggest users of NZ's visitor data, Fresh Info, has expanded to Australia.

Robust visitor growth forecast for Christchurch

Tourists are forecast to return to Christchurch at a higher rate than pre-earthquake,  according to a new report charting the city’s recovery.

FOCUS on Data: Building a better offering

In the first article of our week-long series, FOCUS on Data, the Ticker talks to Chris Roberts, chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa on filling the ‘insight gap’ with the industry-led initiative, Tourism Insight Framework.

Wednesday Letter: We need to talk about data

One of the most important resources the tourism industry has is the data provided by government agencies but is MBIE living up to the task and how does it explain clear discrepancies between its own datasets?

Lions lift Wellington Airport to busiest days ever

It was the busiest weekend ever for Wellington Airport with 45,000 passengers travelling through its gates.

Visitor arrivals jump 10% to new record

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand jumped to a new annual record of just over 3.6m in the year end May 2017, a 10% increase on the same period the previous year. 

Mastercard: Domestic market increasingly on the move

New Zealanders are increasingly exploring their own country with visiting loved ones the main reason for travelling.

Otago hospitality big winners from Lions tour

Spending benefits from the Lions rugby tour spread to Otago this week with bars, clubs and cafes reporting a big boost in sales.

$600K Lions lift for Canterbury

The Lions match against the Crusaders on Saturday helped boost spending in the Canterbury region over the weekend by $600,000, according to Paymark.

Trans-Tasman travel keeps trade with Australia flying high

Trans-Tasman travel was worth more than $2bn each way, making travel ties with Australia worth more than those with China.

International visitor spend to leap 52% to $15bn by 2023

Strong growth in international visitor numbers and spending is forecast for New Zealand's tourism sector, with international visitors projected to spend $15.3 billion annually by 2023.

Queenstown, Auckland lead Q1 hotel performance

Hotels in tourism gateways Queenstown and Auckland turned in a strong performance in the first quarter despite occupancy plateauing. In the year to March, Queenstown saw occupancy of 90% at an average daily rate (ADR)...

Tourism earnings surge past dairy sector

Tourism now makes ups 5.6% of New Zealand's gross domestic product surging past the dairy industry's 3.5% contribution.

US tourist spending continues to surge, up 22%

Tourism expenditure grew in all regions over the year to March 2017, according to the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Flat Feb as Kiwi guest nights fall

National guest nights this February were relatively flat, down 0.4 percent on February 2016, according to Statistics NZ.

“Resilient” tourism sees almost 500m visit EU in 2016

Tourists visiting the European Union reached almost half a billion last year, or 40% of the global tourist market.

Record travel and trade volumes for summer

Passenger volumes peaked as expected, with more than 3.68 million travellers passing through international airports in December, January and February.

USA, Europe drive record NZ visits

Tourists continued to flock to New Zealand in record numbers in the year to February.

Subdued growth in guest nights as Kiwis head overseas

International guest nights hit a record 2m in January, up 6.9% on the same month last year.

Hotel occupancy falls across NZ over summer

Hotel occupancy dropped by 2.5% over summer as the average room rate across New Zealand grew by 12.7% to $199.99.

Visitor trends work for Whanganui

Results for December 2016 show visitor arrivals increasing by almost 13,000 people compared to last year. Occupancy rates are up as is the length of stay.

Chinese spending plummets 26% over summer

Spending by Chinese visitors plummeted by more than a quarter over summer, according to Marketview.

Booming hotel market doesn’t deter record tourist numbers

Our trans-Tasman rivals and international travellers visited Godzone in droves in 2016, despite the fact they had to pay more to stay here.

North Island guest nights drive December rise

North Island guest nights drove growth of 3.4% in accommodation in December 2016 compared to the same period last year, according to Statistics NZ.

Spending on tourism activities and in tourist specialty shops falls

Tourism operators and specialty tourist retailers saw spending falls for the four months to February as growth flattened over the year.

Auckland cruise arrivals near 90k in record February

The Ports of Auckland handled 31 cruise ship visits for the month of February, welcoming 89,516 visiting passengers and crew.
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