• Tourism

Tourism is New Zealand’s largest export industry in terms of foreign exchange earnings. It directly employs 7.5% of the New Zealand workforce and it has the potential to improve the economies of communities around the country.

2018 Key Provisional Estimates

Key provisional estimates for the year ended March 2018 included:

  • Total tourism expenditure was $39.1 billion, an increase of 7.7 percent ($2.8 billion) from the previous year.
  • International tourism expenditure increased 9.6 percent ($1.4 billion) to $16.2 billion, and contributed 20.6 percent to New Zealand’s total exports of goods and services.
  • Domestic tourism expenditure increased 6.5 percent ($1.4 billion) to $23.0 billion.
  • Tourism generated a direct contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) of $15.9 billion, or 6.1 percent of GDP.
  • The indirect value added of industries supporting tourism generated an additional $11.1 billion, or 4.3 percent of GDP.
  • 216,012 people were directly employed in tourism (8.0 percent of the total number of people employed in New Zealand), an increase of 2.6 percent from the previous year.
  • Tourists generated $3.7 billion in goods and services tax (GST) revenue, with $1.7 billion coming from international tourists.
  • Overseas visitor arrivals to New Zealand increased 7.8 percent.

 

Data and statistics for the year ended March 2017

* Total tourism expenditure was $36.0 billion, an increase of 1.9% from the previous year.
* International tourism expenditure decreased 0.9% ($135 million) to $14.5 billion, and contributed 20.7% to New Zealand’s total exports of goods and services.
* Domestic tourism expenditure increased 4.0% ($820 million) to $21.4 billion.
* Tourism generated a direct contribution to GDP of $14.7 billion, or 5.9% of GDP.
* The indirect value added of industries supporting tourism generated an additional $11.3 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% from the previous year.
* Tourists generated $3.3 billion in goods and services tax (GST) revenue.
* Overseas visitor arrivals to New Zealand increased 8.9%.

 

Data and statistics for the year ended March 2016 

  • Total tourism expenditure was $34.7 billion, an increase of 12.2 percent from the previous year. 
  • International tourism expenditure increased 17.1 percent ($1.7 billion) to $11.8 billion, and contributed 17.4 percent to New Zealand’s total exports of goods and services.
  • Domestic tourism expenditure increased 7.4 percent ($1.4 billion) to $20.2 billion.
  • Tourism generated a direct contribution to GDP of $12.9 billion, or 5.6 percent of GDP. 
  • The indirect value added of industries supporting tourism generated an additional $9.8 billion for tourism, or 4.3% of GDP. 
  • 188,136 people were directly employed in tourism (7.5 percent of the total number of people employed in New Zealand). 
  • Tourists generated $2.8 billion in goods and services tax (GST) revenue.

 

WHAT THE MEDIA ARE SAYING

"In Queenstown fewer than a third of the required rooms will be built over the next 10 years. Throughout the country an extra 26 hotels are needed over the next decade to cope with the visitor boom driven by New Zealand’s growing international appeal and the proliferation of air services."

(Grant Bradley May 25th 2016 New Zealand Herald)

"New official figures forecasting the number of tourists will surge from 3.3 million this year to 4.5 million by 2022 it said the five main tourist destinations - Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown - have just over 20,000 hotel rooms. By 2025 they would need 9700 more rooms, but current plans showed 5174 will be built - leaving a shortfall of 4500 rooms or 26 hotels."

(Sharon Brettkelly May 25th 2016 Radio New Zealand News)

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