Tourism Facts

World Trends

  • Tourism is the world’s fastest growing industry and it is expected to be the world's largest industry by 2020.
  • Globally, international tourists spend US$ 2 billion every day on tourism and hospitality related activities. This is expected to increase to US$ 5 billion per day by 2020.

(Source - WTO)

New Zealand National Tourism Statistics

  • Tourism is New Zealand's single largest export industry and contributed $7.4 billion to the economy in the year ended March 2004. That is 18.5% of exports.
  • New Zealand visitor arrivals have doubled since 1994 to 2.38 million.
  • Forecast annual growth is 4.7% on average for at least the next five years.
  • Domestic tourism contributes $9.8 billion to the economy each year.
  • Tourism directly and indirectly employs 10 percent of the workforce. That is one in 10 jobs in New Zealand.
  • It is predicted that another 120,000 employees will be needed to support the industry by 2010.
  • International visitors spent $6.5 billion in New Zealand (excluding their ticket) in the year ended December 2005.

(Sources - Tourism Industry Association, Tourism Research Council, NZ)

Key Features of Queenstown Tourism

  • Four season international resort destination: a summer retreat, striking autumn splendour, winter alpine playground and beautiful spring days.
  • Stunning natural environment, as showcased in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • Accommodation for all tastes - from groundsheets to silk sheets. At last count Queenstown had: 58 major hotels and resorts; 28 caravan parks and camping grounds; 105 motels, family apartments and condominiums; 62 hosted establishments, bed and breakfasts and guest houses; 40 backpackers and hostels - a grand total of 293 properties and 14,700 beds. This number is only set to increase.
  • Activities for everyone, from relaxed leisure pursuits to thrill-seeking adventure.
  • Globally recognised restaurants.
  • Diverse retail sector.
  • Award winning wineries.
  • Local population base of approximately 20,000 with 1,200,000 visitors per annum.
  • Gateway to Southern Lakes region and Milford Sound.

(Source - Destination Queenstown)

Useful Tourism Reference Sites