Tasman tourism spend on the rise

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The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today show that tourism spend for Tasman is estimated to be $278 million for the year to October 2016, up seven per cent compared with the year to October 2015.

MBIE Manager of Sector Trends Peter Ellis says that of this tourism spend in the year to October 2016, international visitors spent $110 million (up 20 per cent compared with the year to October 2015), and domestic tourists spent $168 million (no change) in that period.

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

This release of the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates does not include any impacts of the North Canterbury earthquake on 14 November.

Data on the tourism spend in the affected regions will be available in January 2017 as part of the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates for November 2016.