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TECTs, ADP, and MURPEs - May 2023 Data Release

July 06, 2023

This update combines the May 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 May 2023

Tourism card spend figures in May 2023 continued to surpass pre-COVID May 2019 levels for both domestic and international markets. International spend growth from pre-COVID has accelerated, and the international visitor volume gap from pre-COVID has been narrowing, possibly due to pent-up demand. However, the growth in domestic spend and guest nights from pre-COVID levels has slowed down, possibly due to elevated cost of living, resulting in less disposable income for tourism activities.

Accommodation Data Programme (ADP)

Tourism Electronic Card Transactions (TECTs)

Monthly Unique Regional Population Estimates (MURPEs)

TECT data quality has been improved

In this release, a portion of unknown-origin cards is reclassified as domestic spending rather than international spending. Background research and analysis suggested that these cards’ values and purchase behaviour patterns are more aligned with those of most domestic cardholders. The decision was made to prioritise data quality. The update has been applied to the entire time series for consistency. As a result, the total volume of historical international spending will be lower than previously reported.

MURPE data’s issues have been fixed

Since January 2023, we have identified unusual trends and inconsistencies in the MURPE data. Our data provider investigated and identified two errors: (1) some cell towers were not mapped to RTOs, resulting in an ‘unknown RTO’ issue and inaccurate estimations; and (2) non-mobile devices with cellular capability were counted as mobile devices. The two problems have been resolved. Prior to the release of this data, quality checks, outlier identification, comparator analyses, and sense checking were completed. The entire MURPE data series has been fully quality-checked and updated until the end of May 2023.

MURPEs stakeholder report - Tourism Evidence and Insights Centre

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

This update compares May 2023 to May 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 RTO level.

Caution should be used with the TECT data

Domestic and international figures are not adjusted for inflation and seasonality. They should also 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

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TECT, ADP, and MURPE data for June 2023 will be released in August 2023.

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

Data release calendar - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment