MONDAY, JANUARY 14: Overseas spending by air and cruise visitors in the third quarter was down $2.8 million from the third quarter of 2011.

The figures were released today by the Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics.

The Bulletin, which mostly compiled previously released stats, also showed there were 70 fewer hotel workers in the third quarter in year-on-year stats.

The air traveller visitor spending was down even though there was a 1.2 per cent increase in the number of guests from 79,917 to 80,852, there was a 2.6 per cent decrease in spending ($1.8 million).

There were 69 cruise ship visits carrying 179,124 passengers compared to 187,240 passengers who visited in 2011.

The dip in arrivals was attributed to six less cruise ship calls.

The spending by cruise ship visitors in the third quarter was $37.9 million, which was 2.6 per cent less of $1 million less than the spending reached during the same quarter in 2011.

Total sales revenue for the hotel industry fell 5.5 per cent to $78.4 million in the third quarter. Resort hotels earned $3.9 million less in sales this quarter due primarily to fewer business and convention visitors during the period.

Cottage colonies and small hotels experienced declines of 25.5 per cent and 1.7 per cent in sales, respectively.

Food sales and alcohol revenue also fell. Food sales were down 11.6 per cent while alcohol sales were down 6.6 per cent.