West coast

The West Coast continues to hold number 1 position as Fastest Growing Region

The West Coast celebrates being the Fastest Growing Region for its third consecutive month.

May 26, 2017

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The tourism spending data for April 2017 has been released and revealed the fastest growing region was West Coast, which increased 12% over the year to April 2017 to $524 million.

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) show that tourism expenditure grew in all regions over the year to April 2017. Following the West Coast at number one is Nelson (up 10 per cent to $346 million) and Tasman (up 10 per cent to $307 million).

After the earthquakes last November, North Canterbury's spending for the month of April has now returned to the same level as April 2016. However, spending for North Canterbury is still down year ending April 2017 compared with the previous year.

United States visitor spending again continued its strong upward trend, up 23 per cent over the year to April 2017.

View the full statisticsfrom the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates