Hamilton City Quarterly economic monitor - June 2019

Tourism Spending

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Highlights for Hamilton City

  • Total tourism expenditure in Hamilton City decreased by 1.0% in the year to June 2019. This compares with an increase of 3.2% in New Zealand.
  • Total tourism expenditure was approximately $894m in Hamilton City during the year to June 2019, which was down from $903m a year ago.

National overview

Visitor spending rose 3.2% in the June 2019 year, continuing 2019’s tepid performance. Domestic visitor spending grew 2.3%, reflecting weak domestic consumer spending amid the prospect of a slowing domestic economy. International visitor spending rose 4.6%, led by 5.2% growth in spending by Australian tourists – our biggest market – and a 14% rise in spending by tourists from the US. Falling Chinese tourist arrivals continues to flow through to declines in spending by Chinese tourists, which fell 1.1% in the June 2019 year.