Queenstown – expensive, Southland and Otago – cold.
Those are some of the domestic perceptions of key New Zealand destinations as gleaned by insights company Research First, which has a Wānaka office.
Research First has put together this fascinating slide on Kiwis’ perceptions around the domestic tourism push. A ‘quick dive’ exercise undertaken early July, this slide contains topline data sourced from about 270 people who are nationally representative by region, age and gender.
Key takeaways from our point of view:
- Price is by far the biggest driver for Kiwis when choosing a tourism operator (88%), followed by reputation (40%)
- Eight per cent of the market are seeking luxury / exclusive options
- Destination-specific advertising aimed at domestic tourists has had an impact – and 35% say this advertising has prompted them to do something new.
- The majority of people surveyed said they will visit a new place and the South Island roadie and outdoor adventures are definitely on the cards.
The perceptions of key areas are fascinating, but possibly not surprising!
These insights are really useful for brands – not just tourism businesses – to consider when thinking about their marketing.