Sunday, April 22, 2018


Tourists flock to Christchurch as spend jumps 20%

Christchurch’s spectacular summer saw record-breaking tourist numbers inject more than $3.6 million in our region’s economy, with February tourism spend up 20 percent from the previous month.

WREDA: Visitors worth over $2.5bn to Wellington

Visitor spending in the Wellington region has smashed through the annual $2.5 billion barrier for the first time as both international and domestic visitors flash the cash.

Paymark: Otago tops Easter spending growth

Easter gave the regions a spending boost of $36.7m, up 14.8% of the same dates last year, with Otago leading the way thanks to the Ed Sheeran concerts and the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow.

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.

Paymark: Tourists help drive spending growth over summer

International visitor spending growth over summer helped boost the coffers of New Zealand's tourism industry with the accommodation, retail, activities and transport sectors all benefiting.    

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.

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.

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.

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.   

Paymark: Marlborough leads spending growth into Xmas

New Zealand's regions are leading the spending growth in the run-up to Christmas with the earthquake affected region of Marlborough, which includes Kaikoura, taking the top spot.

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.  

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.

Paymark: Regions lead growth into Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching and the shopping rush is starting to build. The pre-Christmas build-up starts gradually in November and climbs to a frenzy of activity in the last few days.

CBRE: Chinese spending less on shopping, more on culture

Chinese tourists are seeking more authentic food and entertainment experiences and spending less on luxury shopping and package holidays, according to new research by real estate agency CBRE.

MBIE: West Coast leads tourist September spend growth

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

Visitors spend more in Hamilton & Waikato

Visitors to Hamilton & Waikato are spending more than this time last year, with nearly $1.44 billion ringing through tills across the region.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Takapuna transactions shine Shoreside

Arguably one of the jewels in Auckland’s metropolitan crown, Takapuna Beach is now gaining favour with international visitors, keen to share their tourism dollars Shoreside. 

Paymark: Missing the Lions already…

PRESS RELEASE: Paymark Underlying spending through Paymark dropped by 0.5% between June and July 2017, in seasonally adjusted terms. The growth between July 2016 and July 2017 was a modest 3.6%. There were contributing factors to...

Tourism tops half-a-billion dollars for Wanaka

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) shows visitor spend for the Wanaka region now equates to half a billion dollars annually.

Lions drive huge spending boost for Wellington

Wellington experienced a boost to international visitor spending of more than 43% in the month of June 2017.

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.

Govt: Lions “had significant impact on economy”

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges, Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry have applauded the successful DHL New Zealand Lions Series after the final test Saturday night at Eden Park.

Lions inject $12m into hospo for June

The Lions tour added significantly to spending in June amongst the hospitality and entertainment merchants using the Paymark network.

Mayor questions data as tourists “tighten belts” through region

Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan has questioned both the spend data and the value of tourism for his region as tourists sought to "tighten their belts" through the southern province.

28% jump in Whanganui visitor spend

Whanganui has shown growth of 28% in visitor spend for May 2017 compared to the same month of the previous year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are the Monthly Tourism Regional Estimates. 

MBIE: Tourism spending up 6%

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) show that tourism expenditure grew in all regions over the year to May 2017.

Paymark: Spirits up over weekend in Auckland

Spending through Paymark in Auckland/Northland increased amongst merchants such as bars, clubs and cafes to $24.3 million between 9am Friday and 9am Sunday, a period that included the All Blacks-Lions test.

Paymark: $740K Lions boost for Waikato

PRESS RELEASE: Paymark Another Lions game and more cause for celebration - or commiseration. Whatever the motive, spending through Paymark in Waikato increased amongst merchants such as bars, clubs and cafes to $2.2 million between 9am...

A weekend of entertainment in the Bay of Plenty

The wave of hospitality spending around a Lions game continued on the weekend with spending through Paymark in Bay of Plenty amongst merchants such as bars, clubs and cafes amounted to $3.5m.

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.

Whanganui events keep tourism numbers up

PRESS RELEASE: Whanganui and Partners Continuing the trend from February and March it looks like Whanganui’s April tourism numbers are again up – a contrast to the national monthly comparisons of 2016 and 2017. More importantly the...

West Coast tops spending growth

Tourism expenditure grew in all regions over the year to April 2017 with the fastest growing region being the West Coast.

Visitor spending falls as major markets dip

International visitor spending dropped 2% in the year to March 2017 with falls across most of NZ's major tourism markets.

Tourism drives Q1 retail sales growth

Tourism-related sectors continued to experience strong growth in the first quarter, according to the latest retail trade survey.

Auckland’s peak summer season the hottest yet

Storms came and went, but it was a long, scorching summer for Auckland as far as tourism goes.

Regions the winners in Easter spend

Easter spending grew only modestly overall this year, although wide variations were recorded across the country.

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.

China tops global tourism markets with 12% jump in spend

Chinese international tourism spend grew by 12% in 2016 to reach $372bn.

MBIE: Nelson, West Coast fastest growing regions

Tourism expenditure grew in all regions over the year to February 2017, according to the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by MBIE.

Tourism driving buoyant Coromandel economy

The Coromandel's tourism sector enjoyed a bumper 2016, with data showing that visitor spending totalled $337M in 2016, up 7.7% from its 2015 level.

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.

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.

Wellington continues to reap the benefits of tourism growth

National List MP Paul Foster-Bell was delighted to see Wellington continue to reap the benefits of tourism growth

Nelson leads the regions in value growth again – here’s why

In the latest monthly regional spending estimates, Nelson again showed the greatest growth. The Ticker spoke to Nelson Regional Development Agency chief executive, Mark Rawson, on the secret behind the region’s success.

All you need to know about the latest IVS in five neat graphs from...

We love data here at the Ticker, but the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's data tables - not so much. So, we sought the help of data gurus to help us interpret the...

Bennett: Tourists continue to add value to NZ economy

Tourism spending over the summer high season continued to grow in most regions, providing jobs for regional New Zealand, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

Tourism spending in regions up in January

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today show that tourism expenditure grew in most regions over the year to January 2017.

International visitor spending steady over 2016

International visitor spending grew 4 per cent to $10.1 billion in the year ended December 2016, according to the latest International Visitor Survey released on Friday by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Is a gambling clampdown behind a big drop in Chinese visitor spending?

Chinese New Year spending dropped 10% across New Zealand compared to the corresponding holiday period last year, according to Marketview.

Tourism boom pushes hospitality spending to new record

The tourism boom shows little signs of slowing with hospitality spending rising 1.7% in January compared to the same period last year, accoridng to Statistics New Zealand.

Tourism helps boost spending through Paymark by 33%

In the last five years, the combination of a stronger housing market, strong tourism, relatively low oil prices and strong uptake of contactless cards has tended to support stronger spending through the Paymark network.

Strong start to summer tourism spending

Nearly every region across New Zealand experienced strong growth in tourism spending this summer, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.

Tourism spending jumps to $26 billion for 2016

Nearly every region across New Zealand experienced strong growth in tourism spending with Wanaka growing the fastest in the year to December.

Nth Canterbury spending plunges following quake

Tourist spending in North Canterbury dropped by over a quarter following the Kaikoura earthquake last year. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on November 14 led to a drop in spending in December by 28% to $27m...
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