Tourists spend $70m in Clutha
Tourists spent $3.8 billion in Otago in the year to April, up an impressive 12 per cent on the previous year.
Queenstown-Lakes District accounted for the lion’s share of the spend, at $2.8 billion.
Close to $750m was spent in Dunedin City, $197m in Central Otago, $178m in Waitaki and $70m in Clutha.
The figures were contained in the latest monthly regional tourism estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
The data showed that tourism expenditure grew in all regions over the year.
MBIE sector trends manager Mark Gordon said the region with the fastest-growing tourism spend was Canterbury (up 12.3 per cent to $3.8 billion), followed by Gisborne (up 12.1 per cent to $152 million) and Otago (up 12 per cent to $3.8 billion).
‘‘All regions in New Zealand experienced strong growth in tourism spending over the year, driven by increases in both domestic and international spend.
‘‘Kaikoura tourism spending has also shown strong signs of recovery, with monthly spending up 85 per cent in April 2018 compared to April 2017.
The estimates show that the spending reached $93m, recovering to nearly 80 per cent of pre-earthquake spending ($118m in the April 2016 year),’’ Gordon said.
‘‘Improved tourism spending for the regions helps the tourism industry plan strategically by providing insight into where domestic and international tourists are spending their money.
‘‘We encourage the industry to use the information in their planning so we can continue to provide visitors to New Zealand with high-quality experiences.’’
The national tourism take for the year to April was $28.5 billion, up nine per cent on the previous 12 month period.
By far the largest part of the spend was by New Zealand domestic tourists, who forked out $16.8 billion.
Domestic tourists, like these members of the Marlborough Caravan Club on a tour of the Catlins, were big contributors to the tourism spend.