Tasman tourism on the rise

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Tourists are investing more and more into Tasman.

Over the past year, tourists spent an estimated $263 million in Tasman, according to the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released today.

Tasman’s tourism spend in the year to May 2016, is up 5 per cent compared with the year to May 2015.

MBIE Manager of Sector Trends Peter Ellis says that of this tourism spend, international visitors spent $95 million, a 10 per cent increase compared with the year to May 2015.

Domestic tourists spent $167 million in that period, this is up 2 per cent.

However, Peter also says that monthly expenditure is down.

“When it comes to the monthly expenditure, tourism spend in Tasman for the month of May 2016 is down 8 per cent compared with the month of May 2015.”

The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates measure the expenditure of international and domestic visitors in regions in New Zealand.