Wanaka tourism numbers creating growth

Friday, October 28, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says an increase in tourism numbers in Wanaka is boosting business development, creating economic growth and enhancing employment opportunities.

“I’m excited about what we’re seeing in Wanaka - the town is vibrant and there’s a real sense of energy in the area.


“Now is the time for new businesses to start with confidence in the market and for established ones to upgrade and expand in the knowledge they are making a solid investment.


“For example, the Wanaka Lakeview Holiday Park is developing a new $1.5 million facilities building, a new ferry service to Lake Wanaka’s Ruby Island is planned for this summer by Lakeland Adventures, Wanaka Wildwire is enjoying positive growth and is now set to push its climb to the top of the falls, Explore Life Luxury Camping has gained resource consent for a new luxury visitor accommodation site on farmland at Dublin Bay and Southern Alps Air, based at  Wanaka Airport, has just bought a new $500,000 plane to keep up with passenger demand.


“More visitors than ever have been recorded coming to Wanaka this year and that has certainly created these opportunities.


“Statistics NZ’s Commercial Accommodation Monitor tells us there were a record 794,840 bed nights in Wanaka in the year ending July, 13.7 percent up on 2015, but Lake Wanaka Tourism’s James Helmore tells me that Spark's new cell phone data tracking venture, Qrious, suggests at least 1.2 million visitors have come into the area.


“From the Government’s perspective, we are committed to supporting tourism growth in places like Wanaka, as well as the Regional Mid-sized Facilities Fund, the Tourism Growth Partnership Fund has a dedicated regional stream, which will see hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding for tourism projects in the regions."