24. In terms of GDP, the country’s tourism industry gross domestic product fell by 46% in 2021.
25. In 2022, the tourism sector contributed 5.1% of New Zealand’s total GDP.
26. China is anticipated to become New Zealand’s biggest tourism market by spending, reaching $3.1 billion annual expenditure by 2024, compared to just $3 billion by Australian visitors.
27. Household tourism expenditure fell by 1.7% ($344 million) from March 2021 to March 2022.
28. At the same time, business and government tourism expenditure increased by 14.2%, or $593 million.
29. In 2022, there were 240 thousand people employed in the tourism industry in New Zealand. This is an increase from the 234 thousand employees in the sector in 2021.
30. Hotels and resorts throughout New Zealand employ a total of 10,342 people.
Travel accommodation in New Zealand
How many hotel are there in New Zealand?
31. According to IBIS World, there are 579 hotels and resorts in New Zealand, with the market being worth $2 billion.
32. The hotel and resort industry revenue is anticipated to fall by an annualised 3.7% to $1.6 billion between 2018 and 2023, largely due to the pandemic in 2021. This figure includes a significant recovery of 37.4% in 2022 to 2023.
33. The leading accommodation type in New Zealand in 2022 for international guests was hotels, which welcomed more than 1 million guests that year.
Hotels are the most preferred type of accommodation for travellers in New Zealand, receiving over 1 million nights in 2022.
34. The second most popular type of accommodation for foreign tourists in New Zealand are backpackers and large motels/apartments, each of which received 560 thousand nights.
Backpackers’ accommodation are also very popular among visitors to New Zealand, with this type of lodging recording 560 thousand nights in 2022 alone.
35. Meanwhile, lodges and boutique accommodations had only around 123 thousand international guest nights in 2022.
36. Hotels are also the favored type of travel accommodation for domestic visitors, with 7.4 million domestic nights recorded in 2022.
37. Domestic tourists enjoy camping in RVs, as shown by the 7.2 million domestic nights spent in holiday parks and camping grounds in New Zealand in 2022.
38. In comparison, international tourists spent a total of 320 thousand nights in holiday parks and camping grounds.
43. Queenstown is the next most popular destination with just over a million international visitors in 2019.
In comparison, Auckland welcomed 1.83 million visitors in 2019.
44. Auckland is the top destination for domestic travelers, with 19% of respondents having visited it during their last overnight trip.
Wellington, Taupo, and Christchurch were also among the top domestic destinations for overnight tourist visits.
45. In 2019, the average daily rate for a hotel room in Queenstown was NZ$249, making it the most expensive town to stay in when in New Zealand.
Auckland comes second at NZ$202 per night.
46. In March 2023, Christchurch received 12,490 visitors, an increase of 7% on the prior month, and an increase of 160% on March 2022.
Christchurch is a well-known place among tourists in New Zealand, welcoming 12,490 visitors in March 2023 alone. It offers many activities and epic road trip routes, hence the popularity of renting an RV or campervan in Christchurch.
Tourism behaviour in New Zealand
What is the trend in tourism in New Zealand?
47. In the 2022-2023 period, the average holidaymaker in New Zealand stays for 15.42 days, an increase from the average length of 13.1 days in 2019-2020.
48. Visitors who are visiting friends and family in New Zealand tend to stay for longer, at an average of 21.45 days.
49. On average, Australian tourists in New Zealand will stay for 12.52 days.
50. However, tourists from other parts of the world tend to stay for longer, at around 24.25 days per visit.
51. As of April 2023, the annual number of business travellers in New Zealand was 164 thousand.
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