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New Zealand Slashes Chinese Tourism Forecast, Denting Outlook

  • Ministry sees ‘short-term slowing’ in China visitor spending
  • Australia expected to remain biggest revenue source until 2021
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Photographer: Mark Coote/Bloomberg

New Zealand has slashed its forecast for Chinese tourist spending over the next six years, denting growth expectations for its biggest foreign-exchange earner.

Spending by Chinese tourists will rise to NZ$3.73 billion ($2.5 billion) by 2022 from NZ$1.65 billion last year, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest annual forecasts. That’s 30 percent less than the NZ$5.32 billion expected in last year’s projections.