Tourism spending in the Whanganui and Ruapehu districts in December is estimated at $15 million each.

The information is included in the latest monthly regional tourism estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The estimated $15m spent in Visit Whanganui's area was an increase of 9 per cent on December 2016 while Visit Ruapehu's $15m was a 12 per cent increase on the previous December.

Spend for the year ended December 2017 was up 6 per cent for Whanganui at $133m and 10 per cent for Ruapehu at $195m.

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The figures show that tourism spend for the Manawatu-Whanganui region is estimated to be $993m for the year to December 2017, up 6 per cent compared with the year to December 2016.

MBIE manager of sector trends Mark Gordon says that of the tourism spend in the year to
December 2017, international visitors spent $168m (up 12 per cent compared with the year to December 2016) and domestic tourists spent $825m (up 5 per cent).

"When it comes to the monthly expenditure, tourism spend in Manawatu-Whanganui for the month of December 2017 is up 5 per cent compared with the month of December 2016," Mr Gordon said.