Chinese New Year has spin-offs for the regions
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said the record number of Chinese visitor arrivals for Chinese New Year this year, up 15.2 per cent on the same holiday period last year - will have had huge spin-offs for tourism operators and businesses in Wanaka and Central Otago.
“According to Tourism New Zealand figures, released today, there were 51,200 Chinese visitors this year, 6,770 more than in 2015.
"The figures are staggering and highlight the bouyant tourism sector in New Zealand and the massive growth in the Chinese market.
"In fact tourism is enjoying such growth at the moment that it's having an impact on regional economic growth.
"One hotel in Wanaka reported that it was booked out for the Golden week, with Chinese visitors now the hotel's second biggest international market besides Australia.
"The on-going growth in tourism is a well earned result for those who have dedicated many years to building their tourism businesses, it also comes at a good time for many smaller towns which may be noticing the effects of the lower dairy payout."
Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru