Dean pleased NZ named best tourist destination
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says the newly released Telegraph Travel Awards placing New Zealand as the world's top travel destination fully justifies the importance Government places on the portfolio.
Mrs Dean, who is also Parliamentary Private Secretary for Tourism, said the survey is the biggest of its kind and for it to have again for a third time, place New Zealand as the top destination, signalled the country and its attractions were worth visiting.
"It also clearly signals everybody involved in the tourism industry, from marketing experts to small operators continue to do a great job,"Mrs Dean said.
"Government recognises tourism is a significant part of our economy and has invested an unprecedented $600 million in tourism and tourism promotion since 2008.
"That investment is getting results. Around 2.8 million people visited New Zealand during the last year, spending over $7 billion. Tourism also directly employs 4.7 per cent of the New Zealand workforce and indirectly employs another 3.6 per cent,"Mrs Dean said.