29 Oct 2009

Domestic travellers offset international decline

3:21 pm on 29 October 2009

Tourism operators say a relatively strong domestic market has helped to soften the impacts of the global recession.

Statistics New Zealand figures show spending by international tourists declined over the past year, for the first time since 1999.

However, New Zealand holidaymakers helped drive the overall tourist spend up slightly, to $21.7 billion for the year to March.

Tourism Industry Association chief executive Tim Cossar says the strong New Zealand dollar is affecting overseas bookings.