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Tourist Numbers Up in July

September 14, 2016 New Zealand Finance

The number of guest nights seen in New Zealand in July has risen compared to last year, but fallen if the number is seasonally adjusted.

New information released earlier this week by Statistics New Zealand indicates that holiday makers in New Zealand are staying for longer periods.

Over the course of July 2016, the number of guest nights among international visitors rose by 15.8 percent compared to the same month in 2015.

Similarly, the number of domestic guest nights over the course of July 2016 rose by 2.0 percent compared to the same month in the previous year.

The increase in tourist numbers was felt more keenly in the North Island where the total guest nights increased by 7.4 percent, while the rise was only 6.0 percent in the South Island.

However, despite the increases, the seas...

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Tourist Bookings Surge in NZ Over February

April 12, 2016 New Zealand Finance

Ruapehu tourist taxGood weather and extra days off have helped continue a two year streak of increased booking for accommodation by tourists in New Zealand.

Consistently warm weather and this year’s leap day has helped boost the number bookings for accommodation by tourists, according to new information released on April 12th by Statistics New Zealand.

The new data shows that in February 2016 the number of national guest nights in New Zealand rose by 7 percent compared to February 2015.

The rise in February follows on from a significant rise in January 2016, and a series of further monthly improvements stretching back for almost 2 years.

In February all regions in New Zealand saw an increase in the number of accommodation nights, and the improvements were spread across all types of accommodation.

The Sou...

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Tourist Spending up in 2015

February 23, 2015 New Zealand Finance

International tourists coming into New Zealand spent NZD 7.3 billion in the country last year, a significant rise over the total spending in 2013.

Late last week the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment issued a statement showing that over the course of 2014 international visitors coming to New Zealand spent an average of 13 percent more than they did in the previous year.

It is estimated that compared to last year, the amount of total spending by tourists from China has risen by 50 percent to a level of NZD 1 billion, while spending by tourists from the USA, UK and Australia rose by 32 percent, 29 percent and 8 percent respectively.

The total spending by international tourists over the course of 2014 was approximately NZD 7.4 billion.

It was also noted that as of the fourth q...

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Too Much Funding Goes to Tourist Sector

May 21, 2014 New Zealand Taxation

New Zealanders are missing out on vital services, as the government spends millions on funding tourism enterprises, according to an activist group.

On May 21st the Taxpayers’ Union issued a new statement claiming that the government has gone too far in providing investment into businesses operating in the national tourism industry.

The statement from the Taxpayers’ Union comes as a response to an announcement made by the government earlier the same day that approximately NZD 26.8 million will be provided to six separate tourism businesses, in an effort to further expand the industry.

The Taxpayers’ Union claims that the investment come at the expense of “hospitals, schools, and kiwi taxpayers” who will now miss out “…because politicians want to hand money to a private company to rent...

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