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TECTs, ADP, and MURPEs - March 2023 Data Release

May 04, 2023

This update combines the March 2023 data releases for:

Note that figures from the releases may not align fully due to them measuring different activities, data limitations, and wider economic factors. More information regarding these data releases can be found here:

Tourism data releases - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Key points for March 2023

Tourism card spend figures in March 2023 continued to surpass pre-COVID March 2019 levels for both domestic and international markets. However, domestic spend and guest nights’ growth from pre-COVID levels have slowed down, possibly due to elevated costs, resulting in less disposable income for tourism activities. International guest nights were also trending closer to pre-COVID levels. At the RTO level, tourism card spend and accommodation in cyclone-hit Hawke’s Bay remained weak.

Accommodation Data Programme (ADP)

Tourism Electronic Card Transactions (TECTs)

There are issues with the Monthly Unique Regional Population Estimates

This update does not include the Monthly Unique Regional Population Estimates (MURPEs) as two issues were identified in the input data feeds. Our data provider resolved the first issue in March 2023 and is still working to resolve the second issue. They are aiming to provide us with full quality assurance checked MURPEs, including backdated data, by July 2023. Once we have more information, we will share a timeframe for release with users. Our top priority is to ensure any data release meets our strict data quality standards. We apologise for any inconvenience this delay may cause.

Our data provider’s full error report can be found here:

MURPEs stakeholder report – Tourism Evidence and Insights Centre

Only certain measures in the ADP can be compared to the Accommodation Survey

This update compares March 2023 to March 2019 for TECTs and ADP. Due to methodological differences between the ADP and the Accommodation Survey, only aggregated volume figures, such as guest nights, are compared at the national or Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) level.

Caution should be used with the TECT data

Domestic and international figures should be used separately and not added together. This is because electronic card transactions in each market represent a different proportion of total tourism spend, meaning they cannot be directly compared. More information can be found here:

Tourism Electronic Card Transactions - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Next TIUG meeting will be held on the 22nd of June 2023 at 2.30-4.00pm

The Tourism Insights Users Group (TIUG) meetings bring together the sector to discuss the latest developments in the tourism research, data, and analytics space. They also provide an opportunity to ask questions about these developments. We are seeking presentations for our upcoming meeting. If you have any updates on the tourism research, data, and analytics that you would like to share, please contact us via our email here:

Tourism Research Shared Mailbox

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TECT and ADP data for April 2023 will be released in June 2023.

See our tourism data release calendar with release dates to June 2023.

Data release calendar - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment