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Timaru District Quarterly economic monitor - September 2020

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Highlights for Timaru District

  • Total tourism expenditure in Timaru District decreased by 12.7% in the year to September 2020. This compares with a decrease of 16.5% in New Zealand.
  • Total tourism expenditure was approximately $199m in Timaru District during the year to September 2020, which was down from $228m a year ago.

National overview

With New Zealand’s borders remaining closed to all but essential travellers and returning citizens and residents, tourism expenditure continued to decline, falling 16.5% over the year to September 2020. This decline was despite relatively successful efforts to promote domestic tourism during the July school holidays. Auckland was the worst affected region, with visitor spending declining by 24% over the year to September 2020, partly as a result of the second lockdown in August. Other regions heavily affected include Otago (-21%) and the West Coast (-20%). Tourism spending figures are likely to continue this downward trend through the summer months, as the lack of international tourists becomes more acutely felt.