Annual tourism spend reaches $39.1 billion

New figures show the total annual New Zealand tourism spend for
the year to March 2018 reached an estimated $39.1 billion.

The total was a $2.8 billion and 7.7 percent increase on the
year beforehand, and an increase of $10.5 billion from four years
ago. The international visitor spend went up 9.6 percent to $16.2
billion.

“This is a continuation of the spectacular growth enjoyed in
recent years,” said Ann-Marie Johnson, communications manager,
Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

Tourism Satellite Account is an official annual measurement of
the New Zealand tourism industry.

Tourism contributes 20.6 percent of New Zealand’s total
exports, adding to 6.1 percent of the GDP. Throughout the country,
216,000 people are directly employed in tourism, and a further
149,304 indirectly employed to provide products and services for
visitors.

“These figures reinforce our insight that tourism will
continue to grow and sustain employment across the country. It
means that a career in tourism is a viable and stable for young
people, which is an area of particular importance to the
industry.”

Source: FS – All-Hotels-Blogs
Annual tourism spend reaches .1 billion