Hamilton City Quarterly economic monitor - December 2019

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Highlights for Hamilton City

  • Total tourism expenditure in Hamilton City decreased by 0.8% in the year to December 2019. This compares with an increase of 3.5% in New Zealand.
  • Total tourism expenditure was approximately $903m in Hamilton City during the year to December 2019, which was down from $910m a year ago.

National overview

Tourism spending growth over the 12 months to December 2019 ticked up a touch, with spending rising 3.5%pa. Tourist spending on food and beverage purchases rose 6.4% over the period, while accommodation spending rose a measly 0.4%pa. This shift in spending growth is likely an indication of the rising importance of attracting domestic travellers as international tourist growth slow. Tourism activity generally over recent periods has been much softer than in previous years, with overseas arrivals growth slowing to 0.8%.