Marlborough Region Quarterly economic monitor - June 2020

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Highlights for Marlborough Region

  • Total tourism expenditure in Marlborough Region decreased by 11.3% in the year to June 2020. This compares with a decrease of 12.3% in New Zealand.
  • Total tourism expenditure was approximately $359m in Marlborough Region during the year to June 2020, which was down from $405m a year ago.

National overview

Tourism spending fell 12.3%pa over the year to June 2020, as the border closure and domestic restrictions hit visitor activity. Total tourism spending over the last 12 months totalled $26b, with spending of $3.6b lost compared to the June 2019 year. The West Coast recorded the hardest hit, with tourism spending down just over 20%pa, followed by Southland (-16%), Otago (-15%) and Wellington (-14%). Domestic travel has helped bolster tourism activity in recent months but won’t be enough to outweigh the loss of international tourism activity.