Wanaka tourism takes off
Waitaki MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary for Tourism Jacqui Dean said the summer season was shaping up well for Wanaka tourism operators after great results this year.
“2015 has been a stellar year for tourism and regions like the Upper Clutha have done very well indeed. It's an exciting time for the region as tourism takes off.
“Nationally continued growth in visitor numbers from Asia and North America contributed to a record $1.7 billion increase in international tourist spending in the past year, with this flowing through to the regions.
“Wanaka growth was up 11 per cent, ahead of regions like the West Coast (up 10 percent), Rotorua (up 8 percent), Queenstown (up 7 per cent) and Canterbury (up 6 per cent).
“Lake Wanaka Tourism says they’ve enjoyed a record year and that there are a lot of positive indicators coming through.
“Discretionary spending is on the increase, and investment and redevelopment of accommodation is on the rise.
“Apart from looking ahead to the summer season, the focus is also on building the shoulder seasons. This is important for business sustainability and for creating longer-term jobs.
“The future of tourism growth is particularly exciting for Wanaka. Operators obviously want to grow and develop the sector, but they also want to do it in a way that is based around the values that are important to the community, retaining what makes Wanaka special.”
Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru