Tourism growth benefits regions
Waitaki MP and Parliamentary Private Sectary for Tourism Jacqui Dean said continued growth in international visitor arrivals was having huge spin-off for regions like Otago.
“Just released Statistics NZ figures show that holiday arrivals continue to lead the growth with 1.56 million arrivals this year delivering 14.3 per cent growth on 2014.
“This comes on top of November figures which showed the Otago region lead the country in visitor arrivals, while Wanaka recorded a record month in November, with total visitor nights up by 15 percent to 56,927 in 2015, from 49,494 in 2014.
“Wanaka people have said they believe the town has been substantially busier than in previous years and these numbers affirm what local operators and businesses have been reporting.
“Operators across the region have worked hard to achieve these results. Tourism is coming of age and it’s an exciting time to be involved, but it’s also taken those in the sector much effort and dedication to get to where they are today.
“This growth will provide benefits for many communities around the Otago region as the tourism spend filters through to local areas and will hopefully lead to more growth and more jobs to come.
“As for the future, the stellar summer shows no signs of slowing down, with thousands of Chinese visitors coming into the area to celebrate New Year record from this weekend.
“In August we celebrated our three millionth visitor to New Zealand in the past year. Those three million visitors spent $8.7 billion - up 28 per cent on the previous 12 months.
“Tourism now represents 17.4 per cent of our total exports and is second only to dairy and the good news is visitor arrivals are expected to grow 4 per cent a year, reaching 3.75 million visitors in 2021,” Mrs Dean said.
Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru