Statistics NZ: Tourism expenditure up 1.9% to Mar-2017, international spending down 0.9%

    Statistics New Zealand (Stats NZ) released (13-Dec-2017) the following key data estimates for the year ended Mar-2017:

    • Total tourism expenditure was NZD36 billion (USD25.3 billion), an increase of 1.9% year-on-year;
    • International tourism expenditure decreased 0.9% to NZD14.5 billion (USD10.2 billion) and contributed 20.7% to New Zealand‘s total exports of goods and services;
    • Domestic tourism expenditure increased 4% to NZD21.4 billion (USD15 billion);
    • Tourism generated a direct contribution to GDP of NZD14.7 billion (USD10.3 billion), equivalent to 5.9% of GDP;
    • The indirect value added of industries supporting tourism generated an additional NZD11.3 billion (USD7.9 billion) for tourism, or 4.6% of GDP;
    • 230,793 people were directly employed in tourism (8.4% of the total number of people employed in New Zealand), an increase of 9.3%;
    • Tourists generated NZD3.3 billion (USD2.3 billion) in goods and services tax reve