20 Feb 17: New Zealand benefits as international tourism continues to deliver

New Zealand tourism is thriving with data released on 17 February confirming it is continuing to deliver significant economic benefits.

Total international visitor spend reached a new high of $10.1 billion for the year ending December 2016, up 4% on last year.

Holiday visitor spend is up 10% on last year to $6.4 billion due to increased holiday arrival numbers.

“This is the highest level of international tourism expenditure on record and it’s predicted to increase as tourism numbers grow,” says Acting Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Brighid Kelly.

The average holiday arrival spends around $3,800 during their visit.

Read the full press release here