Tourism spend up for year, down in April

Tourism spend in Gisborne for April 2017 down 6 percent from April last year.

Tourism spend in Gisborne for April 2017 down 6 percent from April last year.

April's bad weather prevented a cruise ship arrival in Gisborne, which has had an impact on tourism figures for the region. File picture

NEW figures suggest the absence of a cruise ship visit here last month appears to be behind a $650,000 drop in tourism spending.

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), show that tourism spend for Gisborne is estimated to be $135 million for the year to April 2017, up 4 percent compared with the year to April 2016.

MBIE acting manager of sector trends Ben Wallace says of this tourism spend in the year to April 2017, international visitors spent $29 million (up 12 percent compared with the year to April 2016), and domestic tourists spent $106 million (up 2 percent) in that period.

But monthly expenditure fell.

“When it comes to the monthly expenditure, tourism spend in Gisborne for the month of April 2017 is down
6 percent (to $11m) compared with the month of April 2016,” Mr Wallace said.

Tourism Eastland president David Sly said the April fall followed on the heels of a 9 percent increase in monthly spending the previous month.

“It’s just a slight correction in numbers with the March increase and the April cruise ship not being able to arrive in Gisborne due to the weather.”

NEW figures suggest the absence of a cruise ship visit here last month appears to be behind a $650,000 drop in tourism spending.

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), show that tourism spend for Gisborne is estimated to be $135 million for the year to April 2017, up 4 percent compared with the year to April 2016.

MBIE acting manager of sector trends Ben Wallace says of this tourism spend in the year to April 2017, international visitors spent $29 million (up 12 percent compared with the year to April 2016), and domestic tourists spent $106 million (up 2 percent) in that period.

But monthly expenditure fell.

“When it comes to the monthly expenditure, tourism spend in Gisborne for the month of April 2017 is down
6 percent (to $11m) compared with the month of April 2016,” Mr Wallace said.

Tourism Eastland president David Sly said the April fall followed on the heels of a 9 percent increase in monthly spending the previous month.

“It’s just a slight correction in numbers with the March increase and the April cruise ship not being able to arrive in Gisborne due to the weather.”

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