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Tourism spending growing strongly

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/04/2017

© Shutterstock Tourism spending by both international and domestic visitors continues to grow strongly, Acting Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner says.

Data from the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates shows spending is up in all regions in the year to March

The fastest growing regions are the West Coast, increasing 11 per cent to $522 million, followed by Nelson (up 10 per cent to $343m) and Tasman (up 10 per cent to $303m).

"One of the really interesting findings in the release is that United States visitor spending continues its strong upward trend, with a national average of 22 per cent growth over the year to March 2017," Ms Wagner said.

"Spending by United States visitors is particularly strong in Auckland - up 26 per cent."

She says the sector saw exceptional growth in 2016 "and it's great to see strong spending figures stretching out into March this year".

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