Tourism - International expenditure by country of origin by RTO (Monthly) Apr 2008–Jun 2020
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Below is the definition of the RTO areas according to Territorial Authorities. Note some of these are different from the ones published in the Accommodation Survey from Stats NZ.
Auckland: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). It includes Auckland.
Bay of Plenty: Tourism Bay of Plenty, It includes Tauranga, the Whakatāne and Western Bay of Plenty districts.
Canterbury: ChristchurchNZ. It includes Christchurch and the Waimakariri, Selwyn, and Ashburton districts.
Central Otago: Tourism Central Otago. It includes the Central Otago district.
Clutha: Destination Clutha. It includes the Clutha district.
Coromandel: Destination Coromandel. It includes the Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki districts.
Dunedin: Enterprise Dunedin. It includes Dunedin city.
Fiordland: Destination Fiordland. It includes the western part of the Southland district.
Gisborne: Activate Tairawhiti. It includes the Opotiki and Gisborne districts.
Hawke's Bay: Hawke's Bay Tourism. It includes Napier, and the Hastings, Central Hawke's Bay, and Wairoa districts.
Hurunui: It includes the Hurunui district.
Lake Taupo: Destination Great Lake Taupo. It includes the Taupo district.
Lake Wanaka: Lake Wanaka Tourism. It includes part of the Queenstown-Lakes district.
Kaikoura: Destination Kaikoura. It includes the Kaikoura district.
Mackenzie: It includes the Mackenzie district.
Manawatu: Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA). It includes Palmerston North and the Manawatu district.
Marlborough: Destination Marlborough. It includes the Marlborough district.
Nelson Tasman: Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA). It includes the Nelson and Tasman districts.
Northland: Northland Inc. It includes the Whangarei, Kaipara and Far North districts.
Queenstown: Destination Queenstown. It includes part of the Queenstown-Lakes district.
Rotorua: Destination Rotorua. It includes the Rotorua district.
Ruapehu: Visit Ruapehu. It includes the Ruapehu district.
Southland: Venture Southland. It includes Invercargill, the Gore district, and the eastern part of the Southland district.
Taranaki: Venture Taranaki. It includes the New Plymouth, Stratford, and South Taranaki districts.
Timaru: Aoraki Tourism. It includes the Timaru district.
Waikato: Hamilton & Waikato Tourism. It includes Hamilton, and the Waikato, Waipa, Otorohanga, Waitomo, Matamata-Piako, and South Waikato districts.
Wairarapa: Destination Wairarapa. It includes the Carterton, Masterton and South Wairarapa districts.
Waitaki: Tourism Waitaki. It includes the Waitaki district.
Wellington: Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA). It includes the cities of Wellington, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt, and the Kapiti Coast district.
West Coast: Tourism West Coast. It includes the Buller, Grey, and Westland districts.
Whanganui: Visit Whanganui. It includes the Whanganui district.
Not elsewhere classified: Districts that are not controlled by any RTO. These are Horowhenua, Rangitikei, Tararua, Waimate, Kawerau and the Chatham Islands.
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Limitations of the data
Quality issues might include:
- outliers in the spend data, for example particular combinations of spending that may be unusual when compared to the rest of New Zealand,
- bias due to the limited coverage of spend data, and
- limitations of the weighting and forecasting methodology at detailed levels.
The data is subject to revision at the time of publication of the latest Tourism Satellite Account.
The MRTEs depend on electronic ‘card present’ data. However, in the tourism sector (especially accommodation), services are often pre-booked via online methods, which (to date) have fallen outside the available MRTE collection method (e.g. purchases made overseas).
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Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates: International country by RTO June 2020
How to find the data
At URL provided, select 'International country by RTO'.
The data has been resaved as a CSV file with one sheet. The month field was edited to a mmm-yy format.
Import & extraction details
From the dataset Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates: International country by RTO June 2020, this data was extracted:
- Rows: 2-61,153
- Column: 4
- Provided: 61,152 data points
Dataset originally released on:
About this dataset
The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs) provide an estimate of regional monthly expenditure on tourism from both international and domestic consumers.
Method of collection/Data provider
The MRTEs provide an actual spend figure for tourism products. The process uses modelling to estimate all regional tourism spending, and then rakes up the totals to approximate the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) and the International Visitor Survey (IVS) results.
Effectively, the MRTEs are a regionalisation of the Tourism Satellite Account, with airfares and education fees removed.
The totals of the MRTEs align with the Tourism Satellite Account up to the latest Year ending March, by design. Beyond March, the MRTEs are based on observed changes in the value of card transactions i.e. they are a projection off the YE March base.