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TECTs, ADP, and MURPEs - April 2023 Data Release

June 01, 2023

This update combines the April 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 April 2023

Tourism card spend figures in April 2023 continued to surpass pre-COVID April 2019 levels for both domestic and international markets. International spend relative to pre-COVID has strongly accelerated, possibly due to pent-up demand and favourable exchange rates for key markets.

International guest nights have come closer to pre-COVID levels, while domestic guest nights’ growth has slowed down due to elevated costs and the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle. However, total guest nights continued to recover from the cyclone and are approaching pre-COVID levels.

At the RTO level, accommodation figures for cyclone-hit Hawke’s Bay remained weak.

Accommodation Data Programme (ADP)

Tourism Electronic Card Transactions (TECTs)

We are close to resolving the issue with the Monthly Unique Regional Population Estimates

This update does not include the Monthly Unique Regional Population Estimates (MURPEs) due to the issue with filtering non-mobile devices with cellular capability from mobile devices. Our data provider advised that they had successfully implemented a new and more dynamic approach to identifying and filtering non-mobile devices. This approach is currently being applied to the data. The aim is to provide us with fully quality-checked MURPEs, including backdated data, by July 2023. 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 the results of April 2023 against April 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

Tourism Insights Users Group meeting 22 June 2023

The Tourism Insights Users Group (TIUG) brings the sector together quarterly to present and discuss the latest developments in the tourism research, data, and analytics space. It provides an opportunity to ask questions about these developments. The next meeting is held on 22 June from 2:30pm to 4:00pm. Its details can be found below.

TIUG post - LinkedIn

Insight updates available via LinkedIn

The Tourism Evidence and Insights team at MBIE has a LinkedIn social media channel for the Tourism Evidence and Insights Centre (TEIC). This page brings dynamic and concise updates like this from the TEIC straight to your LinkedIn feed.

Tourism evidence and insights centre - LinkedIn

TECT and ADP data for May 2023 will be released in July 2023

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

Data release calendar - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment