Domestic visitor spend exceeds $7b level
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Research just released by the Ministry of Tourism shows that domestic travellers within New Zealand spent $7.1 billion
in the year to June 2006, an increase of 4.9% compared to the same period the previous year.
“It’s encouraging to see the spend increase by domestic travellers. A substantial proportion of this increase has been
driven by holiday travellers rather than those on business or visiting friends and family,” says Bruce Bassett, Research
Manager, Ministry of Tourism.
“The research shows that spending on overnight trips increased by 10.4% to $4.6 billion, even though the number of
overnight trips declined by 2.7% to 14.3 million."
Day trip spending fell by 4.0% to $2.5 billion. The actual number of day trips fell by 5.2% to 29.1 million.
Spending by those on holiday increased by the most significant proportion (up 15.3% to $2.8b), followed by those
visiting friends and relatives (up 4.6% to $2b), and business travellers (up 3.3% to $1.7b).
Mr Bassett said the data showed that much of the spend increase was driven by higher transport related expenditure that
increased by 14.9% to $2.2 billion – a result attributed to high fuel prices and a slight increase of 1.1% in the number
of nights spent away from home."
The Domestic Travel Survey is a telephone survey of 15,000 New Zealand residents undertaken throughout the year. A range
of data and reports from the survey are available on the Ministry of Tourism’s research website –
www.tourismresearch.govt.nz For further information, contact Markus Landvogt – telephone (04) 474 2683 or email
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