Otago tourist spending up again

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Waitaki MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tourism Jacqui Dean says Otago continues to enjoy increased tourist spending, in what has been a stellar three month period for the region.

“The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates, released today, show that Otago was the second fastest growing region in the country, for tourism expenditure, in the year to September - up 12 percent or $3.3 billion.

“This comes hot on the heels of 9.6 percent growth in August, and 11 percent in July, making this three-month period a real winner for the region. 

“In terms of expenditure, over this three-month period, Otago has been ahead of every other region in the country, apart from Nelson which has consistently topped the tables.

“This is such positive news for communities, tourism operators and retailers around the region and is a solid foundation to continue to grow from as we head into the busy summer and holiday season. 

“Otago certainly appears to have what it takes when it comes to attracting international visitors and with our great mix of tourism attractions and wonderful scenery the future continues to look bright. 

“In my travels around the region there’s such a great sense of positivity in the air. Increased spending like this will encourage further investment in tourism businesses and ensure that those already in operation enjoy a prosperous future.

“The tourism sector has been working hard to increase the value of international holiday visitors to New Zealand, and to do so outside the peak periods, and these latest figures reflect they are making great progress.

“The Government has also committed an additional $45 million over four years, on top of the $130 million already invested, to assist the sector to provide that unique New Zealand experience and attract high-value visitors outside the peak seasons.”