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COVID-19 curtails cruise ship visits and spending – Media release

8 October 2020

Last summer’s cruise ship season was cut short by COVID-19, with spending down 3.2 percent to $547 million in the year ended June 2020, Stats NZ said today.

The $18.1 million fall in annual cruise spending reflected a truncated number of cruise voyages, port calls, and passengers due to enforced border restrictions from March 2020.

“Overseas-flagged cruise ship visits were banned in March 2020 following the emergence of COVID-19 within New Zealand, and outbreaks onboard ships visiting last summer,” national accounts senior manager Paul Pascoe said.

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